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Characterized by or given to rivalry or competition.


(ˈraɪ vəl rəs)

characterized by rivalry; competitive.
ri′val•rous•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.rivalrous - eager to surpass others
competitive, competitory - involving competition or competitiveness; "competitive games"; "to improve one's competitive position"
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As relations between the major powers become more rivalrous, it becomes harder to achieve cooperation on matters that require multilateral action.
Capitol to share an effective but rivalrous relationship within the Democratic caucus.
Gangs of rivalrous universe-hopping cousins become smugglers, as well as serving as a kind of inter-dimensional FedEx, over the course of the original six-book sequence.
A final variation on this line of argument focuses more on the subject matter of property law than the form of property entitlements: Isn't mutual exclusivity simply a reflection of the fact that property is about rights in scarce or rivalrous goods?
the rivalrous White House confederation of Bannonite anarchists and glittering cosmopolites; the dearth of nonwhites and nonmales at the table; the absence of any strategy and of any vision beyond"winning.
The transition from the third to the fourth year is also typically when the child is in the early Oedipal phase, when cognitive and emotional maturation are such that children begin to feel rivalrous with each parent for the love of the other.
Rather than goodies and baddies, they see rivalrous equals.
Mukherjee is excellent at pointing out these contrasts, along with the squabbling, rivalrous, and ill tempers that arose in twentieth-century science.
They are rivalrous in that consumption by one user rules out the simultaneous consumption by others.
There is a fear that once the Islamic State has left the city the Sunni and Shi'a Arab militias may set their sights on one another in a rivalrous power vacuum where Baghdad has little or no authority.
Thus Emma is read as "an equivocal apology to Fanny" in which Austen reworks her advice: while the plot "chastises Austen's rivalrous interference in Fanny's match," the narrator's discourse "invites readers modeled on Fanny into love matches that depend on each member's erotic preference for Austen herself" (9).
Rembrandt's pupil Samuel van Hoogstraten (1627-1678) clearly articulated that friendly competition inspires artists to reach new heights: "Freely let your rivalrous spirit be ignited.