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1A consideration or estimate of the similarities or dissimilarities between two things or people.‘they drew a comparison between Gandhi's teaching and that of other teachers’[mass noun] ‘the two books invite comparison with one another’
contrast, juxtaposition, collation, differentiationView synonyms
- ‘A simple comparison between two apparently similar works illustrates the point.’
- ‘We made similar comparisons for daily availability of routine appointments.’
- ‘Over the past decade I have read similar comparisons for many countries and regions of the developing world.’
- ‘This contention was examined through a comparison of two schools that varied considerably in the emphasis they placed on examinations.’
- ‘As the present sample did not include polyploid eudicots, a similar comparison for polyploids alone was not possible.’
- ‘This approach was considered acceptable for the comparison of the panel rating data with the measured profiles.’
- ‘He also makes light of the opinion poll comparison, but the comparison is sound.’
- ‘Hence, a comparison of the two estimates could give some clues as to how population size has changed over time.’
- ‘If it feels unfairly singled out, it should remember that this is a comparison it invited upon itself.’
- ‘To such we invite a rigid comparison of the principles and practice of the two schools at the present day.’
- ‘How can this person make a subjective comparison to other similar games if they already don't like them?’
- ‘Calls for more bank holidays always invite comparisons - usually with the Continent.’
- ‘A similar comparison between 1940 and 1979 would have seen prices fall in value.’
- ‘Of course, averages invite comparisons, and this figure varies hugely from car to car.’
- ‘If similar comparisons are extended to the United States homeland, the conclusions are troubling.’
- ‘Each comparison used the topology estimated from the particular sequences being compared.’
- ‘We made a similar comparison with those reporting increased acting out when anxious.’
- ‘The GMC drew a comparison between revalidation and the periodic assessments that airline pilots have to undergo.’
- ‘His potential and spiky energy have invited comparisons with some of the finest in Liverpool's history.’
- ‘A comparison of estimates of dip separation based on onshore geology and seismic data is presented later in the paper.’
- 1.1An analogy.‘perhaps the best comparison is that of seasickness’
- ‘Until these questions are answered, a comparison to Greek rituals will just be speculative.’
- ‘Perhaps a comparison could be made with alcohol, a potent and dangerous drug.’
- ‘In the original Greek sense, analogy involved a comparison of two proportions or relations.’
- ‘Its head was horse-like in its shape, though that is a very loose comparison.’
- 1.2[mass noun]The quality of being similar or equivalent.‘when it comes to achievements this season, there's no comparison between Linfield and Bangor’
resemblance, likeness, similarity, similitude, correspondence, correlation, parallel, parity, symmetry, equivalence, comparability, analogyView synonyms
- ‘There are no ceremonial procedures for entry to a civil relationship to avoid any parallel or comparison with marriage.’
- ‘Watching him take his class, there's no comparison with my uncoached, half-hearted attempts.’
- ‘In the quality of their play there has been no comparison between the two.’
- ‘There's been a disconnection in recent coverage and there's still no comparison between the high cost airlines and ourselves.’
- ‘The beaches themselves had no comparison with Normandy: they were only a few hundred yards wide overlooked by cliffs and hills.’
- ‘There is another interesting comparison between these two essays.’
[mass noun] The formation of the comparative and superlative forms of adjectives and adverbs.
Middle English: from Old French comparesoun, from Latin comparatio(n-), from comparare to pair, match (see compare).
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