Comparative Com*par"a*tive, n. (Gram.) The comparative degree of adjectives and adverbs; also, the form by which the comparative degree is expressed; as, stronger, wiser, weaker, more stormy, less windy, are all comparatives. [1913 Webster]

In comparatives is expressed a relation of two; as in superlatives there is a relation of many. --Angus. [1913 Webster]

2. An equal; a rival; a compeer. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Gerard ever was His full comparative. --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]

3. One who makes comparisons; one who affects wit. [Obs.] ``Every beardless vain comparative.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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