competitive etymology

English word competitive comes from English compete, English -ive

Detailed word origin of competitive

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
compete English (eng) To be in a position in which it is possible to win or triumph.. To be in battle or in a rivalry with another for the same thing, position, or reward; to contend. To take part in a contest, game or similar event.
-ive English (eng) An adjective suffix signifying relating or belonging to, of the nature of, tending to; as affirmative, active, conclusive, corrective, diminutive.
competitive English (eng) (biochemistry) inhibiting the action of an enzyme by binding with it. (economics) capable of competing successfully. (euphemistically, of prices) cheap, especially used of quality products. (of someone's character) inclined to compete. Of or pertaining to competition.

Words with the same origin as competitive

Descendants of -ive
administrative aggressive explosive investigative manipulative obsessive protective secretive