emotional

[ih-moh-shuh-nl]
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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

First recorded in 1840–50; emotion + -al1
Related formse·mo·tion·al·ly, adverbhy·per·e·mo·tion·al, adjectivehy·per·e·mo·tion·al·ly, adverbnon·e·mo·tion·al, adjectivenon·e·mo·tion·al·ly, adverbo·ver·e·mo·tion·al, adjectiveo·ver·e·mo·tion·al·ly, adverbpre·e·mo·tion·al, adjectivepre·e·mo·tion·al·ly, adverbpseu·do·e·mo·tion·al, adjectivepseu·do·e·mo·tion·al·ly, adverbqua·si-e·mo·tion·al, adjectivequa·si-e·mo·tion·al·ly, adverbsem·i·e·mo·tion·al, adjectivesem·i·e·mo·tion·al·ly, adverbun·e·mo·tion·al, adjectiveun·e·mo·tion·al·ly, adverb

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Contemporary Examples of emotional

Historical Examples of emotional

  • As we should say to-day, he was too emotional, and lived on his nerves.

  • New Yorkers aren't like our whole-souled, emotional Western folks.

  • 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.

  • We are careless of form and type, yet we crave the emotional stimulus.


British Dictionary definitions for emotional

emotional

adjective
  1. of, characteristic of, or expressive of emotion
  2. readily or excessively affected by emotion
  3. appealing to or arousing emotionan emotional piece of music
  4. caused, determined, or actuated by emotion rather than reasonan emotional argument
Derived Formsemotionality, nounemotionally, 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper