Definition - One of the stages (e.g. positive, comparative, and superlative) in comparing an adjective or an adverb.

1. Usually, this is indicated by suffixes such as -er and -est or by modifiers like more or less.

Example -
George Bush, Junior, is the younger of the two George Bushes.

Oxford English Dictionary -
The term's first citation in its grammatical sense is from circa 1460–70:
"Þe feuere agu is þe posityue degree, and in þe superlatyue degree."
(Bk. Quintessence 22)

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