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.

Origin of emotive

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

Related forms

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British Dictionary definitions for emotively

emotive

/ (ɪˈməʊtɪv) /

adjective

tending or designed to arouse emotion
of or characterized by emotion

Derived Forms

emotively, adverbemotiveness 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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