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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K-pop stars, let alone girl groups and their entertainment companies, rarely address anxiety and other disorders that may affect one's emotional, psychological, and social well-being in such a direct, open way. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Mina of K-Pop Group Twice Will Sit Out of World Tour to Address "Sudden Extreme Anxiety"," 11 July 2019 Some prisoners emerge essentially untouched by their experience — without mental and emotional upset and scars. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Human-Rights Leader," 11 July 2019 In April, during an appearance at Center Grove High, Knight struggled with memory but was emotional, too. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Bob Knight buys $600K Bloomington home three miles from Assembly Hall," 11 July 2019 The candidates, some visibly emotional, assailed Trump's treatment of migrants and called for the center’s closure. Dallas News, "Texans Cornyn, Cuellar among top recipients of campaign donations from private detention company PAC," 10 July 2019 Weaver, consensus four-star prospect, was emotional at the commitment ceremony. Dominique Yates, The Courier-Journal, "Moore High School promotes offensive coordinator Tombe Kose as new head football coach," 9 July 2019 Mental health includes your emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "How to Deal with a Toxic Friendship," 8 July 2019 Researchers at Dartmouth College helped to create a system that monitors employees by recording their physical, emotional, and behavioral states at all times. Ysabelle Kempe, BostonGlobe.com, "What if your boss knew how much you slept last night?," 8 July 2019 The word choice is telling, for if the policy wonk is smart, meticulous, and objective, his or her evil twin is the emotional, bombastic, and partisan politician. John Patrick Leary, The New Republic, "How Washington’s Elite Learned to Love Policy Wonks," 5 July 2019

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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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