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  1. moving or exciting the feelings or emotions.
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Origin of affecting

First recorded in 1555–65; affect1 + -ing2
Related formsaf·fect·ing·ly, adverbnon·af·fect·ing, adjectivenon·af·fect·ing·ly, adverbun·af·fect·ing, adjective


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Examples from the Web for unaffecting

Historical Examples

  • There are as good earth and water in a thousand places, yet how unaffecting!

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Otherwise it was all so cold, so drear, so dead, so unaffecting.

  • How very few and unaffecting the essence are the miracles in Mahommedanism.

  • But I have never been strongly agitated in perusing it, and think it somewhat cold and unaffecting, etc.

    The Shakespearean Myth

    Appleton Morgan

  • Constance swoons in the arms of Raimond, and then ensues this piece of unaffecting bewilderment.

British Dictionary definitions for unaffecting


  1. evoking feelings of pity, sympathy, or pathos; moving
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Derived Formsaffectingly, adverb
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