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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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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