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comparison (n.)

mid-14c., "equal, match, resemblance, similarity," from Old French comparaison "comparison" (12c.), from Latin comparationem (nominative comparatio), noun of action from past participle stem of comparare "make equal with, liken, bring together for a contest," from com "with, together" (see com-) + par "equal" (see par (n.)).

From late 14c. as "act of putting two things together and regarding them as equal," also "act of comparing."

updated on February 08, 2018

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Definitions of comparison from WordNet

comparison (n.)
the act of examining resemblances;
the fractions selected for comparison must require pupils to consider both numerator and denominator
they made a comparison of noise levels
Synonyms: comparing
comparison (n.)
relation based on similarities and differences;
comparison (n.)
qualities that are comparable;
no comparison between the two books
Synonyms: compare / equivalence / comparability
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