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comparatively Meaning in English

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The Definition of - comparatively (adverb)

    of or relating to comparison.
    proceeding by, founded on, or using comparison as a method of study:
    comparative anatomy.
    estimated by comparison; not positive or absolute; relative:
    a comparative newcomer in politics; to live in comparative luxury.
    Grammar. being, noting, or pertaining to the intermediate degree of the comparison of adjectives, as better and more beautiful, the comparative forms of good and beautiful, and of adverbs, as nearer and more carefully, the comparative forms of near and carefully.
    Compare positive (def 21), superlative (def 2).
    noun, Grammar.
    the comparative degree.
    a form in the comparative.

Word Example of - comparatively

    Example Sentences for comparatively

    The Ribbonmen were rough and rugged, but comparatively respectable.

    It is situated on a sandy plain, and the suburbs are comparatively few.

    His country was lost; but that was comparatively a small thing.

    In a civilized community, physical danger is comparatively rare.

    He considered himself as comparatively old, and he had a feeling of sympathy for the other old fellow who doubtless loved her.

    The absence of all kinds of animals rendered this comparatively easy.

    For distances of more than 400 feet there are comparatively few records.

    Much, too, must have been written down at a comparatively early period.

    If a round cutting edge is used for finishing, a comparatively fine feed is required in order to obtain a smooth surface.

    That was the best way, for it was both the shortest and comparatively the quietest.

Word Origin & History of - comparatively

    Word Origin & History

    comparative 1447, from L. comparativus "pertaining to comparison," from comparatus, pp. of comparare (see comparison). Originally grammatical; general sense is from c.1600; meaning "involving different branches of a subject" is from 1670s. Related: Comparatively (1570s).