emo·​tive | \i-ˈmō-tiv \

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, ˌē-​ˌmō-​ \ noun

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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 Keys’s newfound clarity on clay will be tested against Putintseva, who can drive even the calmest players to distraction with her emotive outbursts. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, "Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens Have Parallel Lives on a Collision Course," 3 June 2018 On set, 19-year-old artist Chella Man felt right at home in the second floor bathroom painted by Keith Haring; both Haring and Chella use a fluid, often abstract yet heavily emotive, freehand style to express themselves. Sean Bennett, Teen Vogue, "How the Artists and Activists from Marc Jacobs' Pride 2018 Campaign Use Fashion to Show Express Identity," 21 June 2018 Rihanna's extremely personal and emotive Instagram Story proved just how inappropriate the ad was, and how insensitive its subject matter was to anyone affected by domestic violence. Amy Mackelden, Marie Claire, "Rihanna's Response to Chris Brown Ad Causes Snapchat's Stock to Plummet," 16 Mar. 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

: causing strong emotions for or against something

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