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Characterized by or given to rivalry or competition.
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(ˈraɪ vəl rəs)

characterized by rivalry; competitive.
ri′val•rous•ness, n.
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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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