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
affectivityplay \ˌa-ˌfek-ˈti-və-tē\ noun
Recent Examples of affective from the Web
Yellow's mood improving qualities could be assumed to help seasonal affective disorder -- a specific type of depression that reoccurs each year during fall and winter, and is believed to be influenced by lack of sunlight.
Impreza provokes grins, even on those suffering from seasonal affective disorder after a long winter.
My adult sister, 3,000 miles away, has been diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder.
Congratulations on your new LifeBrite Sadness Lamp, clinically proven to treat seasonal affective disorder (SAD), as well as depression that just seems to get worse over time, regardless of the season.
However, the nightmare planet for anyone with seasonal affective disorder would have to be Uranus.
But while relationship and life satisfaction go down, something called affective well-being goes up.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'affective'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up affective? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).