com·par·a·tive / kəmˈparətiv/ • adj. 1. perceptible by comparison; relative: he returned to the comparative comfort of his own home.2. of or involving comparison between two or more branches of science or subjects of study: comparative religion.3. Gram. (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., their memory is not as good as it used to be).• n. Gram. a comparative adjective or adverb. ∎ (the comparative) the middle degree of comparison.