comparative (adj.) Old form(s): Comparatiue
as a means of comparison
Cym II.iii.128[Innogen to Cloten, of Posthumus] if 'twere made / Comparative for your virtues to be styled / The under-hangman of his kingdom [i.e. comparing you on the basis of virtues, you rank as Posthumus' under-hangman]
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