comparative comparative  /kəm ˈpɛ rə tɪv/


  1. (n) the comparative form of an adjective or adverb
  2. (adj) relating to or based on or involving comparison
  3. (adj) estimated by comparison; not absolute or complete


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  1. This Week in Genome Research

    Using array comparative genomic hybridization data for 21,470 individuals, Baylor College of Medicine's James Lupski and colleagues considered the frequency with which deletions or other disruptive copy number variants appear in genes known for roles in recessive disease . As they report in Genome Research , the investigators unearthed more than 3,200 instances in which deletions affected one ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: GenomeWeb News

  2. Fitch Publishes 2013 Comparative Statistics Book for Brazilian Corporate Issuers

    Fitch Ratings has published its 2013 'Comparative Statistics Book' for Brazil, covering leverage capital structures, liquidity analysis and other key financial and credit rating in
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance

  3. Inside Nature’s Giants: Camel

    Above: Veterinary scientist Mark Evans and comparative anatomist Joy Reidenberg brave the baking desert of the Australian Outback to dissect a camel.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: KPBS San Diego


  1. Zalmay Khalilzad, who also served as US ambassador to Iraq from 2005 to April, wrote in an op-ed piece Friday in The New York Times that the UN "possesses certain comparative advantages for undertaking complex internal and regional mediation...
    on Jul 20, 2007 By: Zalmay Khalilzad Source: Washington Post

  2. "Notwithstanding all the troubles around us, Canada has real advantages, real assets, and we should not hesitate to remind investors, partners and leaders around the world of the comparative strengths of our country," Harper said.
    on Mar 10, 2009 By: Stephen Harper Source:

  3. China's UN Ambassador Wang Guangya said "history has shown the United Nations has its comparative advantage and abundant experience" to meet these new responsibilities "and it should have a lot to do."
    on Aug 11, 2007 By: Wang Guangya Source: Newsday

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