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  1. expressive of or appealing to sentiment, especially the tender emotions and feelings, as love, pity, or nostalgia: a sentimental song.
  2. pertaining to or dependent on sentiment: We kept the old photograph for purely sentimental reasons.
  3. weakly emotional; mawkishly susceptible or tender: the sentimental Victorians.
  4. characterized by or showing sentiment or refined feeling.
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Origin of sentimental

First recorded in 1740–50; sentiment + -al1
Related formssen·ti·men·tal·ly, adverban·ti·sen·ti·men·tal, adjectivean·ti·sen·ti·men·tal·ly, adverbhy·per·sen·ti·men·tal, adjectivehy·per·sen·ti·men·tal·ly, adverbin·ter·sen·ti·men·tal, adjectiveo·ver·sen·ti·men·tal, adjectiveo·ver·sen·ti·men·tal·ly, adverbqua·si-sen·ti·men·tal, adjectivequa·si-sen·ti·men·tal·ly, adverbsem·i·sen·ti·men·tal, adjectivesem·i·sen·ti·men·tal·ly, adverbsu·per·sen·ti·men·tal, adjectivesu·per·sen·ti·men·tal·ly, adverbun·sen·ti·men·tal, adjectiveun·sen·ti·men·tal·ly, adverb

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Related Words for unsentimental

unvarnished, pragmatic, deadpan, down-to-earth, stoic, sober, factual, real, sensible, businesslike, rational, practical, sane, reasonable, prudent, shrewd, headstrong, obstinate, hard-nosed, astute

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Historical Examples of unsentimental

  • It was exactly that—that brusque, unsentimental appeal—that Michael needed.


    E. F. Benson

  • The doctor, who is ordinarily so scientific and unsentimental, has fallen in love with Allegra.

    Dear Enemy

    Jean Webster

  • Both have the common-sense view of life; both are unsentimental.

  • But Chets own hearty and unsentimental greeting assured her.

    Betty Lee, Senior

    Harriet Pyne Grove

  • It is only in practical, unsentimental England that these things are at all possible.

British Dictionary definitions for unsentimental


  1. not tending to indulge the emotions excessivelya frank and unsentimental account
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  1. tending to indulge the emotions excessively
  2. making a direct appeal to the emotions, esp to romantic feelings
  3. relating to or characterized by sentiment
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Derived Formssentimentally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unsentimental


1752, from un- (1) "not" + sentimental. Related: Unsentimentally.

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1749, "pertaining to or characterized by sentiment," from sentiment + -al (1). At first without pejorative connotations; meaning "having too much sentiment, apt to be swayed by prejudice" had emerged by 1793 (implied in sentimentalist). Related: Sentimentally.

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