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comparative

adjective (EXAMINING DIFFERENCES)    /kəmˈpær.ə.tɪv/ US  /-ˈper.ə.t̬ɪv/
C1 comparing different things: She's carrying out a comparative study of health in inner cities and rural areas.Comparing and contrasting comparative comfort/freedom/silence, etc. C2 a situation that is comfortable, free, silent, etc. when compared to another situation or what is normal: I enjoyed the comparative calm of his flat after the busy office.Comparing and contrasting
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