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 affective (audio) \ noun

Examples of affective in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the reasons can also involve a subconscious, affective attachment to specific archetypes and myths. The New Yorker, 28 June 2021 Dr Agneta Fischer, a social psychologist and professor in emotions and affective processes at the University of Amsterdam, explains that hatred can be a communal activity. Aida Amoako,, 11 June 2021 In showing the busy doings of Heshmat’s ordinary life, Rasoulof effectively implicates the people around him—their comforts and pleasures, affective bonds and constructive plans—in an unchallenged, unquestioned, and unspoken system of killing. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 14 May 2021 Autism today is considered a form of neurodiversity, and many parents have come to discover that their children have their own affective needs and their own ways of relating. Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2021 But Tomkins acknowledged that the interpretation of affective displays depends on individual, social, and cultural factors. Kate Crawford, The Atlantic, 27 Apr. 2021 The causes of affective and other forms of polarization are the subject of considerable debate. Daniel Kreiss, Wired, 5 Apr. 2021 And this has led to this phenomenon that political scientists call affective polarization, which means people increasingly dislike members of the other party. Eve Bower, CNN, 26 Mar. 2021 There’s a kind of artistic and intellectual lineage that’s not only about reading — there’s an affective aspect, something to do with feeling and familiarity. Vinson Cunningham, Los Angeles Times, 17 Mar. 2021

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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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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 affective (audio) \ noun, plural affectivities

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