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by comparison

When judged against something else. The film was enjoyable, but it pales by comparison to the 1975 original.
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by comˈparison

(written) used especially at the beginning of a sentence when the next thing that is mentioned is compared with something in the previous sentence: By comparison, expenditure on education increased last year.
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by/in comparison (with somebody/something)

when compared with somebody/something: The second half of the game was dull by comparison with the first.The tallest buildings in London are small in comparison with New York’s skyscrapers.
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e., by comparison on with the opinions and abilities of other people).
The second most important factor for this group, however, were comparisons with dissimilar others, followed thirdly, by comparisons with similar others.
What is less clear, however, is why these comparisons were rivalled by comparisons based on what we defined as dissimilar (or at least, less similar) others.