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of, pertaining to, involving, or decided by :
competitive sports; a competitive examination.
well suited for ; having a feature that makes for successful :
a competitive price.
having a strong desire to or to succeed.
useful to a competitor; giving a competitor an advantage:
He was careful not to divulge competitive information about his invention.
Contemporary Examples

In The Most Human Human, Brian Christian embraces the test’s competitive framing.
Great Weekend Reads The Daily Beast March 12, 2011

The only time you’re competitive is when a recession has made people desperate and the government helps you out with training.
Why Can’t Companies Find the Workers they Need? Megan McArdle November 14, 2012

Which is, in fact, the other major source of competitive pressure on Barnes and Noble’s bottom line.
Is Barnes and Noble Next? Megan McArdle January 8, 2013

It is a competitive primary, in which both sides are well financed and motivated.
Who Will Take On Scott Walker? More to the Point, Who Cares? Ben Jacobs April 28, 2012

Specifically, he points to the Paul Ryan budget proposal as the point when he knew Democrats would be competitive in 2012.
House Dems Seek 2012 Rematch Patricia Murphy November 4, 2011

Historical Examples

Tying the intellectual aspects onto the framework of competitive sports was a little more difficult, but not overwhelmingly so.
Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison

We have never practiced the policy of competitive armaments.
United States Presidents’ Inaugural Speeches Various

Such a competitive stage would represent little advance over the present nationalism.
The Next Step Scott Nearing

Here the noise and clamor of competitive industry is stilled.
The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice Stephen Leacock

The old method of culture may be said to have culminated in the competitive examinations of the English universities.
Scientific Culture, and Other Essays Josiah Parsons Cooke

involving or determined by rivalry: competitive sports
sufficiently low in price or high in quality to be successful against commercial rivals
relating to or characterized by an urge to compete: a competitive personality

1826, from Latin competit-, past participle stem of competere (see compete) + -ive. Related: Competitively; competitiveness.


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