emo·​tive | \ i-ˈmō-tiv How to pronounce emotive (audio) \

Definition of emotive

1 : of or relating to the emotions
2 : appealing to or expressing emotion the emotive use of language
3 chiefly British : causing strong emotions often in support of or against something … the latest proposal aimed at breaking a long-running deadlock over the emotive issue of whaling …— Tom Pfeiffer

Other Words from emotive

emotively adverb
emotivity \ i-​ˌmō-​ˈti-​və-​tē How to pronounce emotive (audio) , ˌē-​ˌmō-​ \ noun

Examples of emotive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From start to finish, his scope is close to the ground, his language sparingly emotive and unobtrusive. New York Times, 19 Apr. 2022 The undeniable emotive power of music is something advertisers should harness to bring meaningful support and messaging to these vital cultural and societal movements. Hamish Macdonald, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2021 The film is obviously genre influenced and has this darkness and plays with a lot of genre conventions, but it’s also something that’s trying to be unusually tender and genuine and emotive for the genre. Wilson Chapman, Variety, 14 Apr. 2022 From social media to e-mail marketing, putting a piece of UGC in front of a shopper helps pique their interest, creates an emotive connection, and quickly takes them from just scrolling to shopping. Keith Nealon, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 Even at their most DIY, Camp Cope was unabashedly emotive and earnest; on Running With the Hurricane, the trio leans into these elements for their own benefit. Kat Bouza, Rolling Stone, 25 Mar. 2022 Herman, who grew up speaking Yiddish and living above his mother’s grocery store, was emotive and Borscht Belt; Wally came from a genteel German-Jewish family in Scarsdale, N.Y., and was reserved and understated. Kenneth R. Weinstein, National Review, 16 Mar. 2022 Cadence, a talented singer-songwriter, is reminiscent of last year’s Laila Mach as her voice is extremely emotive and current. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, 22 Feb. 2022 While Russia has often amplified anti-vaccine conspiracy theories to increase tensions, the anti-vaccine movements exist independently of these efforts, and are masters at sowing the seeds of doubt with torrents of conflicting and emotive claims. David Robert Grimes, Scientific American, 28 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of emotive

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Emotive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emotive. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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