affective

adjective
af·​fec·​tive | \ a-ˈfek-tiv How to pronounce affective (audio) \

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 How to pronounce affectivity (audio) \ noun

Examples of affective in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In goes the good desk chair from the office, and a seasonal-affective-disorder lamp. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, "Reason Not the Need," 15 Sep. 2020 Much recent theoretical writing on labor has stressed its affective form, defined as the work of producing, managing, and displaying emotion, in situations ranging from childcare to customer service. Hari Kunzru, The New York Review of Books, "The Wages of Whiteness," 8 Sep. 2020 Each film channels the gaze of an amateur—which is to say, a gaze tuned like a radio channel to the affective nuances of daily living: amusement, awkwardness, delight, and the extravagant devotion of love. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Where ‘Strangers Whisper Secrets in Your Ear’," 10 Aug. 2020 For women, who are more likely to be afflicted by seasonal affective disorders in general, having a rare psychological affliction can be especially difficult. National Geographic, "Why seasonal depression can happen in the summer too," 26 Aug. 2020 Each film channels the gaze of an amateur—which is to say, a gaze tuned like a radio channel to the affective nuances of daily living: amusement, awkwardness, delight, and the extravagant devotion of love. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Where ‘Strangers Whisper Secrets in Your Ear’," 10 Aug. 2020 Each film channels the gaze of an amateur—which is to say, a gaze tuned like a radio channel to the affective nuances of daily living: amusement, awkwardness, delight, and the extravagant devotion of love. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Where ‘Strangers Whisper Secrets in Your Ear’," 10 Aug. 2020 Each film channels the gaze of an amateur—which is to say, a gaze tuned like a radio channel to the affective nuances of daily living: amusement, awkwardness, delight, and the extravagant devotion of love. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Where ‘Strangers Whisper Secrets in Your Ear’," 10 Aug. 2020 Yet there’s an underlying emotional pathology that, in the allusive and time-fractured action, appears at the root of the catastrophe—an affective breakdown with comfort and luxury at the root. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“She Dies Tomorrow,” Reviewed: An Apocalyptic Drama of Emotional Crises," 7 Aug. 2020

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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 1

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“Affective.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/affective. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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affective

adjective
af·​fec·​tive | \ a-ˈfek-tiv How to pronounce affective (audio) \

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 How to pronounce affectivity (audio) \ noun, plural affectivities

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