emo·​tion·​al | \ i-ˈmō-shnəl How to pronounce emotional (audio) , -shə-nᵊl \

Definition of emotional

1 : of or relating to emotion an emotional disorder
2 : dominated by or prone to emotion an emotional person
3 : appealing to or arousing emotion an emotional sermon
4 : markedly aroused or agitated in feeling or sensibilities gets emotional at weddings

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Other Words from emotional

emotionally \ i-​ˈmō-​shnə-​lē How to pronounce emotional (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl-​ē \ adverb

Examples of emotional in a Sentence

He's a very emotional person. worship at revival meetings often takes a markedly emotional form
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First Known Use of emotional

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 May 2021

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“Emotional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emotional. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of emotional

: relating to emotions
: likely to show or express emotion : easily upset, excited, etc.
: showing emotion


emo·​tion·​al | \ i-ˈmō-shə-nᵊl How to pronounce emotional (audio) \

Kids Definition of emotional

1 : relating to a person's feelings an emotional upset
2 : likely to show or express feelings He gets emotional at weddings.
3 : expressing strong feelings an emotional speech

Other Words from emotional

emotionally adverb

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