Word Origin 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. Related forms e·mo·tive·ly, adverb e·mo·tive·ness, e·mo·tiv·i·ty , [ee-moh- tiv-i-tee, ih-moh-] /ˌi moʊˈtɪv ɪ ti, ɪ moʊ-/ noun hy·per·e·mo·tive, adjective hy·per·e·mo·tive·ly, adverb hy·per·e·mo·tive·ness, noun hy·per·e·mo·tiv·i·ty, noun non·e·mo·tive, adjective non·e·mo·tive·ly, adverb non·e·mo·tive·ness, noun un·e·mo·tive, adjective un·e·mo·tive·ly, adverb un·e·mo·tive·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for emotively tending or designed to arouse emotion of or characterized by emotion Derived Forms emotively, adverb emotiveness or emotivity, noun usage Emotional is preferred to emotive when describing a display of emotion: he was given an emotional (not emotive) welcome
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Word Origin and History for emotively v.
1735, "causing movement," from Latin
emot-, past participle stem of emovere (see emotion) + -ive. Meaning "capable of emotion" is from 1881; that of "evoking emotions" is from 1923, originally in literary criticism.
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