WORD ORIGIN 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. Related forms e·mo·tive·ly, adverb e·mo·tive·ness, e·mo·tiv·i·ty , [ee-moh- tiv-i-tee, ih-moh-] /ˌi moʊˈtɪv ɪ ti, ɪ moʊ-/ noun hy·per·e·mo·tive, adjective hy·per·e·mo·tive·ly, adverb hy·per·e·mo·tive·ness, noun hy·per·e·mo·tiv·i·ty, noun non·e·mo·tive, adjective non·e·mo·tive·ly, adverb non·e·mo·tive·ness, noun un·e·mo·tive, adjective un·e·mo·tive·ly, adverb un·e·mo·tive·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for non-emotive adjective tending or designed to arouse emotion of or characterized by emotion Derived Forms emotively, adverb emotiveness 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 non-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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