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comparativenoun [C]

uk   /kəmˈpær.ə.tɪv/ us   /kəmˈper.ə.t̬ɪv/ specialized
A2 the form of an adjective or adverb that expresses a difference in amount, number, degree, or quality: "Fatter" is the comparative of "fat". "More difficult" is the comparative of "difficult".

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comparativeadjective

uk   /kəmˈpær.ə.tɪv/ us   /kəmˈper.ə.t̬ɪv/
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(Definition of comparative from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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comparativenoun [C]

us   /kəmˈpær·ət̬·ɪv/
  • comparative noun [C] (GRAMMAR)

grammar the form of an adjective or adverb that shows the thing or action described has more of the quality than some others of the same type: “Faster” is the comparative of “fast.” “Better” is the comparative of “good.”

comparativeadjective [not gradable]

us   /kəmˈpær·ət̬·ɪv/
considering the differences between one thing and another: The research examined the comparative effectiveness of the two medical treatments.
comparatively
adverb us   /kəmˈpær·ət̬·ɪv·li/
The job was comparatively well paid, as factory jobs go.
(Definition of comparative from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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