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emotional

[ih-moh-shuh-nl] /ɪˈmoʊ ʃə nl/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or involving emotion or the emotions.
2.
subject to or easily affected by emotion:
We are an emotional family, given to demonstrations of affection.
3.
appealing to the emotions:
an emotional request for contributions.
4.
showing or revealing very strong emotions:
an emotional scene in a play.
5.
actuated, effected, or determined by emotion rather than reason:
An emotional decision is often a wrong decision.
6.
governed by emotion:
He is in a highly emotional state of mind.
Origin of emotional
1840-1850
First recorded in 1840-50; emotion + -al1
Related forms
emotionally, adverb
hyperemotional, adjective
hyperemotionally, adverb
nonemotional, adjective
nonemotionally, adverb
overemotional, adjective
overemotionally, adverb
preemotional, adjective
preemotionally, adverb
pseudoemotional, adjective
pseudoemotionally, adverb
quasi-emotional, adjective
quasi-emotionally, adverb
semiemotional, adjective
semiemotionally, adverb
unemotional, adjective
unemotionally, adverb
Synonyms
2. temperamental, effusive, demonstrative, sentimental.
Antonyms
2. undemonstrative, unsentimental, inexpressive.
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  • As we should say to-day, he was too emotional, and lived on his nerves.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • New Yorkers aren't like our whole-souled, emotional Western folks.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • The only thing that matters to us is the emotional state of the masses.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • His emotional nature had never, as yet, been deeply stirred.

    The Inn at the Red Oak Latta Griswold
  • We are careless of form and type, yet we crave the emotional stimulus.

    The American Mind Bliss Perry
British Dictionary definitions for emotional

emotional

/ɪˈməʊʃənəl/
adjective
1.
of, characteristic of, or expressive of emotion
2.
readily or excessively affected by emotion
3.
appealing to or arousing emotion: an emotional piece of music
4.
caused, determined, or actuated by emotion rather than reason: an emotional argument
Derived Forms
emotionality, noun
emotionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for emotional
adj.

1821, "pertaining to emotion," from emotion + -al (1). Meaning "liable to emotions" attested by 1857. Related: Emotionally. Emotional intelligence coined by mid-1960s, popular from mid-1980s.

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