[ af-ek-tiv ]
/ ˈæf ɛk tɪv /


of, caused by, or expressing emotion or feeling; emotional.
causing emotion or feeling.

Origin of affective

1540–50; < Medieval Latin affectīvus, equivalent to Latin affect(us) (action noun; see affect1) + -īvus -ive

Related forms

af·fec·tive·ly, adverbaf·fec·tiv·i·ty [af-ek-tiv-i-tee] /ˌæf ɛkˈtɪv ɪ ti/, nounnon·af·fec·tive, adjective

Can be confused

affective effective (see synonym study at effective) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for affective


/ (əˈfɛktɪv) /


psychol relating to affects
concerned with or arousing the emotions or affection

Derived Forms

affectivity (ˌæfɛkˈtɪvɪtɪ) or affectiveness, noun
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Medicine definitions for affective


[ ə-fĕktĭv ]


Concerned with or arousing feelings or emotions; emotional.
Influenced by or resulting from the emotions, as of a psychological disorder.
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