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.

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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British Dictionary definitions for non-emotive



tending or designed to arouse emotion
of or characterized by emotion
Derived Formsemotively, adverbemotiveness or emotivity, noun


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



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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