affectual

adjective
af·fec·tu·al | \ ˈa-ˌfek-chə(-wə)l , -chü(-ə)l ; -ˌfek-shwəl \

Definition of affectual 

: relating to, arising from, or influencing feelings or emotions : affective, emotional When exposed to situations which touch upon unconscious conflict he … has little adaptive capacity. Seemingly minor stresses produce massive affectual responses usually in the form of depression. —Seymour L. Halleck, New York Times, 12 May 1967

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First Known Use of affectual

1604, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for affectual

affect entry 1 + -ual (in effectual)

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