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.