[ ih-moh-shuh-nl ]
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  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.

  1. appealing to the emotions: an emotional request for contributions.

  2. showing or revealing very strong emotions: an emotional scene in a play.

  3. actuated, effected, or determined by emotion rather than reason: An emotional decision is often a wrong decision.

  4. governed by emotion: He is in a highly emotional state of mind.

Origin of emotional

First recorded in 1840–50; emotion + -al1

Other words for emotional

Opposites for emotional

Other words from emotional

  • e·mo·tion·al·ly, adverb
  • hy·per·e·mo·tion·al, adjective
  • hy·per·e·mo·tion·al·ly, adverb
  • non·e·mo·tion·al, adjective
  • non·e·mo·tion·al·ly, adverb
  • o·ver·e·mo·tion·al, adjective
  • o·ver·e·mo·tion·al·ly, adverb
  • pre·e·mo·tion·al, adjective
  • pre·e·mo·tion·al·ly, adverb
  • pseu·do·e·mo·tion·al, adjective
  • pseu·do·e·mo·tion·al·ly, adverb
  • qua·si-e·mo·tion·al, adjective
  • qua·si-e·mo·tion·al·ly, adverb
  • sem·i·e·mo·tion·al, adjective
  • sem·i·e·mo·tion·al·ly, adverb
  • un·e·mo·tion·al, adjective
  • un·e·mo·tion·al·ly, adverb

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How to use emotional in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for emotional


/ (ɪˈməʊʃənəl) /

  1. of, characteristic of, or expressive of emotion

  2. readily or excessively affected by emotion

  1. appealing to or arousing emotion: an emotional piece of music

  2. caused, determined, or actuated by emotion rather than reason: an emotional argument

Derived forms of emotional

  • emotionality, noun
  • emotionally, adverb

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