Etymology:[ k&m-'par-&-tiv ] (adjective.) 15th century. Originated 1400–50 from late Middle English comparative, from Latin comparativus, equivalent to comparatus from comparare (“to compare”) + -ive from Latin -ivus.
Synonyms:allusive, analogous, approaching, by comparison, comparable, conditional, connected, contingent, contrastive, correlative, corresponding, equivalent, in proportion, like, matching, metaphorical, near, not absolute, not positive, parallel
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