from The Century Dictionary.

  • In comparison; by comparison; according to estimate made by comparison; not positively, absolutely, or in itself; relatively.
  • Specifically By the comparative method of investigation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb According to estimate made by comparison; relatively; not positively or absolutely.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb In a comparative manner.
  • adverb When compared to other entities

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb in a relative manner; by comparison to something else


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

comparative +‎ -ly


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