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com·pet·i·tive / kəmˈpetətiv/ • adj. 1. of, relating to, or characterized by competition. ∎  having or displaying a strong desire to be more successful than others. 2. as good as or better than others of a comparable nature: a car industry competitive with any in the world. ∎  (of prices) low enough to compare well with those of rival merchants. DERIVATIVES: com·pet·i·tive·ness n.