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Comparing String objects using Relational Operators in C++

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  • Last Updated : 28 Jun, 2017
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If strings are compared using relational operators then, their characters are compared lexicographically according to the current character traits, means it starts comparison character by character starting from the first character until the characters in both strings are equal or a NULL character is encountered.

  • Parameters : Two Strings required to be compared. At left, one which is being compared and at right, another string with respect to which comparison is to be performed.
  • Return type : Relational operator return either true or false value i.e. they return boolean values, true if the corresponding comparison holds, false otherwise.

List of Relational Operators:

  • > : Greater than
  • < : Less than
  • == : Equal to
  • != : Not equal to
  • >= : Greater than and equal to
  • <= : Less than and equal to

Important Conditions:

  1. s1 < s2 : A string s1 is smaller than s2 string, if either, length of s1 is shorter than s2 or first mismatched character is smaller.
  2. s1 > s2 : A string s1 is greater than s2 string, if either, length of s1 is longer than s2 or first mismatched character is larger.
  3. <= and >= have almost same implementation with additional feature of being equal as well.
  4. If after comparing lexicographically, both strings are found same, then they are said to be equal.
  5. If any of the points from 1 to 3 follows up then, strings are said to be unequal.

// CPP code to implement relational 
// operators on String objects
using namespace std;
void relational_operation(string s1, string s2)
    string s3 = s1 + s2;
    if(s1 != s2)
        cout << s1 << " is not equal to " << s2 << endl;
    if(s1 > s2)
        cout << s1 << " is greater than " << s2 << endl;
    else if(s1 < s2)
        cout << s1 << " is smaller than " << s2 << endl;
    if(s3 == s1 + s2)
        cout << s3 << " is equal to " << s1 + s2 << endl;
// Main function
int main()
    string s1("Geeks");
    string s2("forGeeks");
    relational_operation(s1, s2);
  return 0; 


Geeks is not equal to forGeeks
Geeks is smaller than forGeeks
GeeksforGeeks is equal to GeeksforGeeks

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