• WordNet 3.6
    • adj competitive showing a fighting disposition "highly competitive sales representative","militant in fighting for better wages for workers","his self-assertive and ubiquitous energy"
    • adj competitive subscribing to capitalistic competition
    • adj competitive involving competition or competitiveness "competitive games","to improve one's competitive position"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: One of the reasons marijuana is illegal today because cotton growers in the 30s lobbied against hemp farmers -- they saw it as competition. It is not chemically addictive as is nicotine, alcohol, or caffeine
    • a Competitive Of or pertaining to competition; producing competition; competitory; as, a competitive examination.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: When playing competitive darts the player must be 7 feet 9 1/4 inches back from the dartboard. Also the board must be 5 feet 8 inches above the floor
    • competitive Pertaining to or involving competition; characterized by or requiring competition; competing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first triple jump in figure skating competition was performed by Dick Button in 1952.
    • adj Competitive pertaining to or characterised by competition
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  • Laurence J. Mcginley
    Laurence J. Mcginley
    “The problem is not whether business will survive in competition with business, but whether any business will survive at all in the ;face of social change.”
  • Fred A. Allen
    “Washington is no place for a good actor. The competition from bad actors is too great.”
  • Gil Atkinson
    Gil Atkinson
    “Thank God for competition. When our competitors upset our plans or outdo our designs, they open infinite possibilities of our own work to us.”
  • Bela Bartok
    Bela Bartok
    “Competitions are for horse, not artist.”
  • Marguerite Beecher
    Marguerite Beecher
    “To free the mind from the habit of competition, we must see in detail the process by which the mind is ensnared by competition.”
  • Willard Beecher
    Willard Beecher
    “Competition is a process or variety of habitual behavior that grows out of a habit of mind.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. competĕrecom, together, petĕre, to seek.


In literature:

Competition has pressed severely upon the farmer, competition at home and competition from other countries.
"Chapters in Rural Progress" by Kenyon L. Butterfield
The movement of the competition of women, the invasion of the labor market by female labor.
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
It is the unemployed who have been keeping up the competition in wages.
"The Sequel" by George A. Taylor
There is some competition for employment between the several agents of production.
"The Settlement of Wage Disputes" by Herbert Feis
The competitive element in his nature was always strong; and his success in these feats of rivalry was certainly remarkable.
"Lives of the Engineers The Locomotive. George and Robert Stephenson" by Samuel Smiles
The business men of the late nineteenth century had been nurtured upon the idea of competition.
"The American Empire" by Scott Nearing
Whether the domestic production will hold its own with foreign competition under peace conditions remains to be seen.
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith
Competition in industry is practically as old as industry.
"Progress and History" by Various
In ingenuity the American mind held its own against all competition.
"The New Nation" by Frederic L. Paxson
The LITTLE FOLKS Special Prize Competitions for 1884, 62.
"Little Folks (December 1884)" by Various

In poetry:

And men, with their genial competitive ways
Present no decided improvements,
For their personal gain they will sacrifice all
Who may stand in the way of their movements.
"The Darker Side." by Alfred Castner King
A rainy day in camp! and you wonder how the C. P.
And the G. T. competition will affect the Golden West--
But these problematic matters only tend to make you sleepy,
And again beneath the blankets, like a babe you sink to rest.
"A Rainy Day In Camp" by William Henry Drummond
This is a sample of the hand I get
When I am playing more than solitaire,
Showing how I become the slowest yet
When it's a case of razors in the air,
And competition knocks me off creation
Like a gin-fountain smashed by Carrie Nation.
"The Love Sonnets of a Hoodlum" by Wallace Irwin

In news:

New Hampshire artist Greg Grady is the founder of the Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Competition.
Wang Dalin was the winner of a "bee bearding " competition held in Shaoyang City, Hunan Province, China on Sunday.
Five Ways to Beat Out the Competition in a Bidding War.
All of the race officiating decisions will start and stop with Beaux Barfield, IndyCar's race director and president of competition.
Seven tips to win one of Denver's most outrageous competitions.
The annual ArtPrize competition returns to Grand Rapids on Wednesday.
It's fitting, then, that this city's top vocal training ground, the Academy of Vocal Arts, starts every season with the Giargiari Bel Canto Competition, a public contest among their students.
Over 200 WRTI listeners let their voices be heard on October 5 when they heard the Academy of Vocal Arts Operatic Competition on the air and then voted in our online poll for the competition's star singers.
This is the winning recipe for the 4-H Seafood competition held in August at the Great American Seafood Contest in New Orleans.
The first press accounts of the Apple iPad have been long on emotional raves about its beauty and ease of use, but have glossed over its competitive characteristics—or rather, its lack thereof.
Google faces healthy competition from Microsoft and IBM in office suites.
National competition may soon hit another mom-and-pop industry: flower shops.
Competition for a slice of the blow-dry pie just got more fierce.
A proud and storied technology company ends up having to become reliant on an upstart Asian company as it falters in the face of intense competition.
What ignites the competitive spark.

In science:

Fedorowicz, ed., From Monopoly to Competition: Telecommunications in Transition, iii-x.
National Information Infrastructure Development in Canada and the U.S.: Redefining Universal Service and Universal Access in the Age of Techno-Economic Convergence
In the inverted hierarchy, we have a lesser sensitivity to T ¯νe and Tνx since the ¯νe flux is also sensitive to sin2 2θ13 leading to competition between these parameters.
Inverting a Supernova: Neutrino Mixing, Temperatures and Binding Energy
The difference between A and B results from the relative “competition” between the two effective anisotropies, one due to D, the other induced by H .
Elementary Excitations in Quantum Antiferromagnetic Chains: Dyons, Spinons and Breathers
In TMMC, however, there exist two competitive anisotropies as mentioned above.
Elementary Excitations in Quantum Antiferromagnetic Chains: Dyons, Spinons and Breathers
For instance, game theory tells us that in certain competitive situations the optimal strategy is a random behavior.
A mechanism for randomness