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

Nearby words

  1. affection,
  2. affectional,
  3. affectional orientation,
  4. affectionate,
  5. affectionately,
  6. affective disorder,
  7. affective fallacy,
  8. affective psychosis,
  9. affectively,
  10. affectivity

Origin of affective

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

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

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

Examples from the Web for affectively

  • Affectively she was remarkably frank, sometimes a little surly, or she showed a slight empty uneasiness.

    Benign Stupors|August Hoch

British Dictionary definitions for affectively



psychol relating to affects
concerned with or arousing the emotions or affection
Derived Formsaffectivity (ˌæfɛkˈtɪvɪtɪ) or affectiveness, noun

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Medicine definitions for affectively




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

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