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adjective     comparative pronunciation in American English
  1. 1
    judged in comparison to something such as a previous situation or state

    We sailed into the comparative shelter of the harbor.

    We expected to win with comparative ease.

  2. 3
    linguistics the comparative form of an adjective or adverb is the form that shows that someone or something has more of a quality than they previously had or more of it than someone or something else has. For example, “newer” is the comparative form of the adjectivenew” and “more actively” is the comparative form of the adverbactively.”
    See also superlative


to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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