emotive

[ ih-moh-tiv ]
/ ɪˈmoʊ tɪv /

adjective

characterized by or pertaining to emotion: the emotive and rational capacities of humankind.
productive of or directed toward the emotions: Artistic distortion is often an emotive use of form.

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Origin of emotive

First recorded in 1725–35; emot(ion) + -ive

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British Dictionary definitions for emotive

emotive
/ (ɪˈməʊtɪv) /

adjective

tending or designed to arouse emotion
of or characterized by emotion

Derived forms of emotive

emotively, adverbemotiveness or emotivity, noun

usage for emotive

Emotional is preferred to emotive when describing a display of emotion: he was given an emotional (not emotive) welcome
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