1measured or judged by estimating the similarity or dissimilarity between one thing and another; relative:he returned to the comparative comfort of his own home 2involving the systematic observation of the similarities or dissimilarities between two or more branches of science or subjects of study:comparative religion
3 Grammar (of an adjective or adverb) expressing a higher degree of a quality, but not the highest possible (e.g. braver; more fiercely). Contrasted with positive, superlative. (of a clause) involving comparison (e.g. he’s not as good as he was).
a comparative adjective or adverb.
) the middle degree of comparison.