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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Marvel Studios packed an emotional punch for its buzzy return to Comic-Con Saturday. Kara Warner, PEOPLE.com, 24 July 2022 The only evidence the jury will hear is the extent of emotional distress suffered by Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, and how much Jones should pay in compensatory damages and punitive damages. Rob Ryser, Chron, 24 July 2022 In a 19-minute speech as emotional as one of his walk-off home runs, Ortiz rewarded their journey. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 24 July 2022 Adapting to change Nearly a year ago, Mat-Su Regional Medical Center emergency physician Dr. Thomas Quimby issued an emotional, desperate plea imploring more locals to get vaccinated during a COVID-19 schools briefing. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, 23 July 2022 But in the afternoon, the gunman, a former student with a history of emotional and behavioral problems, entered the high school armed with an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle and fired in the hallways and through classroom doors. New York Times, 23 July 2022 Marvel took the Comic-Con crowd back to Wakanda on Saturday, for an emotional look at the upcoming sequel to Black Panther, the first time the public has gotten a glimpse at the anticipated film. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 July 2022 As well as smelling good, inhaling an aromatherapy oil can directly impact the brain’s limbic system, which is responsible for emotional and behavioral responses. Hannah Coates, Vogue, 23 July 2022 Lee's father shared an emotional video last week urging anyone with knowledge of Lee's whereabouts to come forward. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 23 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of emotional

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Emotional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emotional. Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for emotional


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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