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

Recent Examples on the Web

Justin was seen having an emotional reaction to the news, even reportedly feeling guilty about the situation. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Had a Hot Make Out Sesh Despite Reports He's Still Into Selena Gomez," 17 Oct. 2018 In the recordings, one detective also accused him of concocting his emotional reaction to his wife’s sudden death. Fox News, "Detective says Florida man 'fake cried' over wife's death," 27 Sep. 2018 The whole idea was a lark, an emotional reaction by Pacers fans to the announcement in March 2016 that the city’s other major professional franchise, the Indianapolis Colts, were building a Peyton Manning statue outside Lucas Oil Stadium. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Why Indy doesn't have a Reggie Miller statue," 5 July 2018 In a sign of just how widespread and deeply emotional the topic has become, Torpey isn’t the only one in the industry centering—or at least trying to center—a show on issue. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "New TruTV Game Show Lets Student Borrowers Compete to Tame Their Debt," 5 July 2018 But theheaviness of sad could be emotional as well as physical. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, "The surprising vitality of one small word," 5 July 2018 The emotional reaction surprised even Park, whose blank face and shy demeanor make her somewhat of a mystery to American fans and LPGA players alike. Beth Ann Nichols, USA TODAY, "Sung Hyun Park wins KPMG Women's PGA Championship for second major title," 1 July 2018 As co-written and directed by Brett Haley, this sweet-natured, warmly emotional film about an unforeseen father and daughter collaboration is a musical in everything but name. Kenneth Turan, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘Hearts Beat Loud’ makes some sweet music," 29 June 2018 My makeup routine: $216 Beauty can be really connected to your spiritual and your emotional state. Bri Luna, Glamour, "I'm a Real Witch, and I Spend $7,855 a Year on My Beauty Rituals," 31 Oct. 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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