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

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Other Words from emotive

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

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Surveillance is a deeply emotive issue in Germany, where both the Nazi and East German regimes used it as a tool of control. David Meyer, Fortune, "Should Alexa Provide Evidence In Court? German Security Chiefs Say Yes.," 6 June 2019 What pushed it so far beyond your standard game experience was the ability to make that trek with another anonymous human player who could only communicate to you through emotive chirps. Nick Statt, The Verge, "VR storybook game Luna is even more mesmerizing on Magic Leap’s headset," 18 Dec. 2018 The robot’s personality is much more emotive now, giving it a sharper character and a more playful (if slightly devilish) approach to human interaction. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Anki Vector review: modern-day Tamagotchi," 5 Nov. 2018 Despite Ingres’s willful distortions and expressive color, he was understood to be the embodiment of the rational draftsman-painter; whereas Delacroix was believed to be an emotive and dramatic colorist—a painter, not a draftsman. Lance Esplund, WSJ, "‘Devotion to Drawing: The Karen B. Cohen Collection of Eugène Delacroix’ Review: A Master off the Canvas," 14 Aug. 2018 Singh says he was motivated to create Peeqo because of the difficulty that emotive robotics engineers have when trying to get robots to display recognizable emotions. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "This Adorable DIY Robot Responds to Commands With GIFs," 9 Dec. 2016 Two other woodcuts, one German and the other Italian, demonstrate the technique’s potential range of emotive force. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Out of the shadows and into the light: 'Chiaroscuro Woodcut' is a sleeper hit at LACMA," 5 July 2018 Their surge in popularity has put politicians under pressure to act on migration – an emotive issue in the country ever since Merkel decided to open Germany’s borders to over 1 million refugees in 2015. Billy Perrigo, Time, "Angela Merkel Is Fighting for Her Political Life. Here's What to Know," 18 June 2018 Voter registration has become an emotive political issue on the left, and the four liberals are riding that political wave in wanting judges to define what is reasonable under the federal statute. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Victory for Voting Law," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of emotive

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of emotive

: of or relating to emotions
British : causing strong emotions for or against something

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