Superlative (definition)

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The superlative is an inflectional marking on an adjective indicating a comparison such that the adjective is at an extreme. The marking for superlatives in English are “-est” and “most.” Examples include biggest, most important, smallest, fewest, most incompetent, etc.

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  • Matthews, P. H. (1997) The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.