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hortative

[ hawr-tuh-tiv ]
/ ˈhɔr tə tɪv /
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adjective

hortatory.

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Nearby words

horst wessel song, horsy, hort., horta, horta, victor, baron, hortative, hortatively, hortatory, hortega cell, hortense, hortense de beauharnais

Origin of hortative

1600–10; < Latin hortātīvus, equivalent to hortāt(us), past participle of hortārī to incite to action, frequentative of horīrī to encourage (akin to yearn) + -īvus -ive
Related formshor·ta·tive·ly, adverbun·hor·ta·tive, adjectiveun·hor·ta·tive·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for hortative

  • Hortative, hort′a-tiv, adj. inciting: encouraging: giving advice—also Hort′atory.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 2 of 4: E-M)|Various
  • The Parson, under high excitement, rained his hortative oratory upon me.

Word Origin and History for hortative

hortative


adj.

c.1600, from Latin hortativus, from past participle stem of hortari "to exhort" (see hortatory).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper