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

emotionality \ i-​ˌmō-​shə-​ˈna-​lə-​tē How to pronounce emotionality (audio) \ noun
emotionally \ i-​ˈmō-​shnə-​lē How to pronounce emotionally (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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Earlier, Jack's younger sister Sophie, 18, uploaded her own emotional photo and caption. Kaitlin Menza, Woman's Day, "Luke Perry's Children Posted Tributes to Their Dad on Instagram," 6 Mar. 2019 Both characters reflect the narrator’s stunted emotional state; neither one can help her generate feeling. Walton Muyumba, latimes.com, "Detachment and dreaming in 'My Year of Rest and Relaxation' by Ottessa Moshfegh," 12 July 2018 Maintain a poker face, don't get emotional, and build up a thick skin. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "How RHONY's Barbara Kavovit Shattered The Glass Ceiling Of The Construction Industry," 29 Jan. 2019 If the statistics around how diets fail weren't convincing enough, think of the cost of dieting to our emotional, physical, social, and financial health. Abby Langer, SELF, "How to Rid Yourself of the Diet Mentality and Stop Dieting Once and For All," 6 Jan. 2019 Pixar’s Inside Out took on the bizarre task of having representations of emotions express their own deep emotional struggles back in summer 2015. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Verge, "The new musical Emojiland is deeply concerned with emoji angst," 19 July 2018 Catelynn knows the emotional struggle that an expectant teen mom faces. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Teen Mom's Catelynn Baltierra Emotionally Revisits Her Own Pregnancy on What Would You Do?," 11 July 2018 Get your tissues ready because the Ziegler sisters got really emotional this past week on Dancing with the Stars: Juniors thanks to Mackenzie's latest dance. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler Dance Together On "DWTS: Juniors" and It’s Like a “Dance Moms” Flashback," 19 Nov. 2018 Khloé also got emotional during the scene where her sisters were contemplating how to tell her about the news. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Khloé Kardashian Live-Tweeted Last Night's KUWTK Episode About Tristan Thompson," 5 Nov. 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 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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