emo·tion·al | \i-ˈmō-shnəl, -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

emotionality \i-ˌmō-shə-ˈna-lə-tē \ noun
emotionally \i-ˈmō-shnə-lē, -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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This despite the fact that, according to some studies, middle children traditionally receive less financial and emotional support from their parents. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "Are Middle Children A Thing Of The Past?," 11 July 2018 Fans are rallying behind Halsey after the singer got emotional during a concert on Friday, July 6. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Halsey Cries While Singing "Sorry" During Common Ground Music Festival," 7 July 2018 Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group Meets the 3rd Sunday: This group provides emotional, educational and social support. 1-2:30 p.m. Heartland of Lauderhill, 2599 NW 55th Ave. Mary Lou Cruz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Sunrise area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 Lastborns are thought to be emotional, outgoing, and disobedient. Adam Sternbergh, The Cut, "The Extinction of the Middle Child," 11 July 2018 Having gone behind, Belgium was unable to raise itself again, unable to find the energy, physical or emotional, to trouble France. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Trophy Window Suddenly Shrinks for Belgium's Golden Generation," 10 July 2018 Instead, the show’s attention is drawn backward to Camille’s injuries, emotional, physical and self-inflicted. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "‘Sharp Objects,’ a Mesmerizing Southern Thriller, Cuts Slow but Deep," 5 July 2018 Understanding class today means taking in its material, emotional, and ideological reality at scales that are both global and intimate, historical and immediate. Jedediah Purdy, The New Republic, "The Remaking of Class," 27 June 2018 Dementia also takes a devastating emotional, financial and physical toll on the families of those who are diagnosed with these ailments. sandiegouniontribune.com, "AARP invests $60M to fund research for cures to dementia and Alzheimer's," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of emotional

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

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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