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emotional

[ih-moh-shuh-nl]
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adjective
  1. pertaining to or involving emotion or the emotions.
  2. subject to or easily affected by emotion: We are an emotional family, given to demonstrations of affection.
  3. appealing to the emotions: an emotional request for contributions.
  4. showing or revealing very strong emotions: an emotional scene in a play.
  5. actuated, effected, or determined by emotion rather than reason: An emotional decision is often a wrong decision.
  6. governed by emotion: He is in a highly emotional state of mind.
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Origin of emotional

First recorded in 1840–50; emotion + -al1
Related formse·mo·tion·al·ly, adverbhy·per·e·mo·tion·al, adjectivehy·per·e·mo·tion·al·ly, adverbnon·e·mo·tion·al, adjectivenon·e·mo·tion·al·ly, adverbo·ver·e·mo·tion·al, adjectiveo·ver·e·mo·tion·al·ly, adverbpre·e·mo·tion·al, adjectivepre·e·mo·tion·al·ly, adverbpseu·do·e·mo·tion·al, adjectivepseu·do·e·mo·tion·al·ly, adverbqua·si-e·mo·tion·al, adjectivequa·si-e·mo·tion·al·ly, adverbsem·i·e·mo·tion·al, adjectivesem·i·e·mo·tion·al·ly, adverbun·e·mo·tion·al, adjectiveun·e·mo·tion·al·ly, adverb

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  • The third type predisposed to the neurosis of the housewife is the overemotional woman.

    The Nervous Housewife

    Abraham Myerson


British Dictionary definitions for overemotional

emotional

adjective
  1. of, characteristic of, or expressive of emotion
  2. readily or excessively affected by emotion
  3. appealing to or arousing emotionan emotional piece of music
  4. caused, determined, or actuated by emotion rather than reasonan emotional argument
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Derived Formsemotionality, nounemotionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for overemotional

emotional

adj.

1821, "pertaining to emotion," from emotion + -al (1). Meaning "liable to emotions" attested by 1857. Related: Emotionally. Emotional intelligence coined by mid-1960s, popular from mid-1980s.

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