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  1. of, caused by, or expressing emotion or feeling; emotional.
  2. causing emotion or feeling.
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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)
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Related Words for affectivity

affection, emotion, feeling, sentiment

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Historical Examples of affectivity

  • Nor does he contribute much likely to be of permanent value in any part of the wide domain of affectivity.

    A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis

    Sigmund Freud

British Dictionary definitions for affectivity


  1. psychol relating to affects
  2. concerned with or arousing the emotions or affection
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Derived Formsaffectivity (ˌæfɛkˈtɪvɪtɪ) or affectiveness, noun
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affectivity in Medicine


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