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  1. hortatory.
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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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Historical Examples

  • The Parson, under high excitement, rained his hortative oratory upon me.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 87, January, 1865


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

Word Origin and History for hortative


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

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