af·​fec·​tive | \a-ˈfek-tiv \

Definition of affective 

1 : relating to, arising from, or influencing feelings or emotions : emotional cognitive and affective symptoms the novel's affective death scene

2 : expressing emotion affective language behaviors that elicit affective reactions

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Other Words from affective

affectively adverb
affectivity \ˌa-​ˌfek-​ˈti-​və-​tē \ noun

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But later added that sensory, cognitive, affective, and motivational processes influence people’s experience of pain. Nancy Richardson Fischer, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Power of Not Naming My Disorder," 3 Dec. 2018 But there is good news from research in affective science, also known as the study of emotions., "How to stay positive in a negative world," 4 June 2018 Second, affective attack ad campaigns are awfully expensive. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Texas tussle stretches Senate map," 18 Apr. 2018 The same brain areas, particularly those associated with motivation, learning, affective processing, and memory, lit up in close friends. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Study Finds Close Friends Share Similar Brain Patterns," 11 Apr. 2018 The affective experience of being lost quickly inflates from a local problem of orientation to a general feeling of ontological failure. Lauren Elkin, The Atlantic, "People Will Always Get Lost," 16 Feb. 2018 And yet giving up on nationalism implies relinquishing control over the content and boundaries of this powerful affective identity. Prerna Singh, Washington Post, "Nationalism can have its good points. Really.," 26 Jan. 2018 Twitter is perfectly designed to engage our emotions because its features naturally call on our affective system; messages are fast, short and transferred within a social context. Tali Sharot, Time, "Why People Can't Agree on Basic Facts," 19 Sep. 2017 Oddly, though, in the end, Melania Trump’s speech proved powerful and moving, not in spite of all its tonal and affective contradictions, but because of them. Rhonda Garelick, The Cut, "The Strange Experience of Watching Melania Trump Speak," 22 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of affective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for affective

Middle English affectif, borrowed from Middle French, borrowed from Late Latin affectīvus, from Latin affectus, past participle of afficere "to produce an effect on, exert an influence on" + -īvus -ive — more at affect entry 3

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af·​fec·​tive | \a-ˈfek-tiv \

Medical Definition of affective 

: relating to, arising from, or influencing feelings or emotions : emotional affective symptoms

Other Words from affective

affectively adverb
affectivity \ˌaf-​ˌek-​ˈtiv-​ət-​ē \ noun, plural affectivities

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