- pertaining to or involving emotion or the emotions.
- subject to or easily affected by emotion: We are an emotional family, given to demonstrations of affection.
- appealing to the emotions: an emotional request for contributions.
- showing or revealing very strong emotions: an emotional scene in a play.
- actuated, effected, or determined by emotion rather than reason: An emotional decision is often a wrong decision.
- governed by emotion: He is in a highly emotional state of mind.
Origin of emotional
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Examples from the Web for emotionally
In the process, we get straightjacketed into emotionally distant, competitive lives.How Good Dads Can Change the World
Gary Barker, PhD, Michael Kaufman
January 6, 2015
In this American dream, we are emotionally tied to the people and land of our communities.Will Texas Stay Texan?
December 29, 2014
This year, with slightly more worldliness and way fewer drinks consumed, I could see the emotionally fraught underbelly.The Craziest Date Night for Single Jews, Where Mistletoe Is Ditched for Shots
December 26, 2014
Many of the women also claimed they were in emotionally vulnerable states when Cosby allegedly set his sights on them.Bill Cosby’s Long List of Accusers (So Far): 18 Alleged Sexual Assault Victims Between 1965-2004
November 24, 2014
Fatherless and emotionally needy, du Pont was a loner who sought companionship and adoration—usually at great financial cost.Foxcatcher’s Real-Life Psycho Killer
November 18, 2014
Both the experience and the anticipation of it were emotionally exciting.Cleo The Magnificent
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
To Bettina, emotionally tense, the real world had disappeared.Glory of Youth
- of, characteristic of, or expressive of emotion
- readily or excessively affected by emotion
- appealing to or arousing emotionan emotional piece of music
- caused, determined, or actuated by emotion rather than reasonan emotional argument
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Word Origin and History for emotionally
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