What is comparative?

  • (adj): Relating to or based on or involving comparison.
    Example: "Comparative linguistics"
    See also — Additional definitions below


In grammar, the comparative is the form of an adjective or adverb which denotes the degree or grade by which a person, thing, or other entity has a property or quality greater or less in extent than that of another, and is used in this context with a subordinating conjunction, such as than. The comparative is one of the degrees of comparison, along with the positive and the superlative.

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Some articles on comparative:

Centre For Comparative Welfare Studies (CCWS)
... Centre for Comparative Welfare Studies (CCWS), Department of Economics, Politics and Public Administration, Aalborg University, (founded in 1995) is a multidisciplinary ... Focus is on comparative studies, or on the Danish and the Scandinavian welfare states in a comparative perspective ...
Studies In Comparative Religion
... Studies in Comparative Religion was a quarterly academic journal published from 1963–1987 that contained essays on the spiritual practices and religious ... on the subject of traditional studies and comparative religion ...
Comparative (disambiguation)
... A comparative is a form of an adjective or adverb indicating greater degree ... Comparative may also refer to ...
Absolute Comparative - Greater/lesser
... (or adverbial constructs), so losing their comparative connotation ... versus New York City, it is not part of the "comparative" in the grammatical sense this article describes ... A comparative always compares something directly with something else ...

More definitions of "comparative":

  • (adj): Having significance only in relation to something else.
    Example: "A comparative newcomer"
  • (noun): The comparative form of an adjective.
    Example: "'better' is the comparative of 'good'"

Famous quotes containing the word comparative:

    The hill farmer ... always seems to make out somehow with his corn patch, his few vegetables, his rifle, and fishing rod. This self-contained economy creates in the hillman a comparative disinterest in the world’s affairs, along with a disdain of lowland ways. “I don’t go to question the good Lord in his wisdom,” runs the phrasing attributed to a typical mountaineer, “but I jest cain’t see why He put valleys in between the hills.”
    —Administration in the State of Arka, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943)

    Our comparative fidelity was fear of defeat at the hands of another partner.
    Max Frisch (1911–1991)

    If you believe that a nation is really better off which achieves for a comparative few, those who are capable of attaining it, high culture, ease, opportunity, and that these few from their enlightenment should give what they consider best to those less favored, then you naturally belong to the Republican Party. But if you believe that people must struggle slowly to the light for themselves, then it seems to me that you are a Democrat.
    Eleanor Roosevelt (1884–1962)