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 emotionally

Historical Examples of emotionally

  • Both the experience and the anticipation of it were emotionally exciting.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill

  • Economics are stubborn things and cannot be successfully dealt with emotionally.

    War Taxation

    Otto H. Kahn

  • The time has come when beneficence, to be real, must operate scientifically, not emotionally.

    Dr. Sevier

    George W. Cable

  • This information was given to me not emotionally but as it were officially.

    The Arrow of Gold

    Joseph Conrad

  • To Bettina, emotionally tense, the real world had disappeared.

    Glory of Youth

    Temple Bailey


British Dictionary definitions for emotionally

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 emotionally

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.

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