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emotive

[ih-moh-tiv]
adjective
  1. characterized by or pertaining to emotion: the emotive and rational capacities of humankind.
  2. 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
Related formse·mo·tive·ly, adverbe·mo·tive·ness, e·mo·tiv·i·ty [ee-moh-tiv-i-tee, ih-moh-] /ˌi moʊˈtɪv ɪ ti, ɪ moʊ-/, nounhy·per·e·mo·tive, adjectivehy·per·e·mo·tive·ly, adverbhy·per·e·mo·tive·ness, nounhy·per·e·mo·tiv·i·ty, nounnon·e·mo·tive, adjectivenon·e·mo·tive·ly, adverbnon·e·mo·tive·ness, nounun·e·mo·tive, adjectiveun·e·mo·tive·ly, adverbun·e·mo·tive·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for emotivity

Historical Examples

  • The reproduction certainty is therefore in certain cases a measure for the emotivity of the test-person.

    Collected Papers on Analytical Psychology

    C. G. Jung


British Dictionary definitions for emotivity

emotive

adjective
  1. tending or designed to arouse emotion
  2. of or characterized by emotion
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Derived Formsemotively, 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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Word Origin and History for emotivity

emotive

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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