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  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.

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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Examples from the Web for unemotional

Contemporary Examples of unemotional

Historical Examples of unemotional

  • And really they're the most unemotional and matter-of-fact couple I ever saw.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • I observe the workings of unemotional law and sometimes record them.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • And even Willy Bartlett chimed in with an unemotional: "Good work!"

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • His speech was as unemotional and businesslike as when addressing her.

  • “If Tempest says so, he probably is,” remarked the unemotional Dicky.

    Tom, Dick and Harry

    Talbot Baines Reed

British Dictionary definitions for unemotional


  1. lacking in strong feeling


  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
Derived Formsemotionality, nounemotionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unemotional

1876, from un- (1) "not" + emotional. Related: Unemotionally.



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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