The word 比较bǐ jiào has the meaning of ‘in comparison to, relatively’, however instead of comparing A to B, 比较 is more often used to compare A to a general idea.
zhè bēi shuǐ bǐ jiào tàng
This cup of water is relatively hot.
xióng xiān shēng bǐ jiào cōng míng
熊 先 生 比 较 聪 明
Mr Bear is relatively smart
Jīn tiān de fàn bǐ jiào xiāng
The rice today is relatively tasty
zhè ge xī guā bǐ jiào tián
zhè jiàn shì qíng bǐ jiào fù zá
This matter is relatively complicated.
zhè tái shǒu jī bǐ jiào guì
This mobile phone is relatively expensive
We also use the word the lot in situations when we are trying to give suggestions or to express our opinions, but do not want to sound too intrusive, the word 比较 is then come into help to smooth the tones:
wǒ jué de zhè yàng zuò bǐ jiào hǎo
I think it is better to do it this way.
zhè ge yán sè bǐ jiào bú shì hé nǐ
The colour doesn’t suit you very well
zhè yàng zuò bǐ jiào kuài
这 样 做 比 较 快
It is faster to do it this way