affective

adjective

af·​fec·​tive a-ˈfek-tiv How to pronounce affective (audio)
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
affectively adverb
affectivity noun

Examples of affective in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet Janet is also pursuing her own romantic and affective life, and those adult relationships intrude on the intense and intimate mother-daughter bond while also providing it with, in effect, material—subjects of concern that make their daily lives dynamic and dramatic. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 25 June 2024 Together, these practices cultivate both your affective empathy, which is your ability to feel what others are feeling, and your cognitive empathy, which is your ability to recognize someone’s mental state. Sam Adeyemi, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 Not only would the world lose out on a few great laughs, but under the right circumstances, humor can be quite affective. Christian Stadler, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 Brene Brown The Antidote Self-compassion is an effective intervention to reduce the severity of maladaptive affective behaviors in response to difficult everyday situations and stressful events that can facilitate recovery from adversity. Colleen Reilly, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for affective 

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Word History

Etymology

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 1

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of affective was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Affective.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/affective. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

affective

adjective
af·​fec·​tive a-ˈfek-tiv How to pronounce affective (audio)
: relating to, arising from, or influencing feelings or emotions : emotional
affective symptoms
affectively adverb
affectivity noun
plural affectivities

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