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

Examples of emotive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And in a particularly poignant moment, Bradby referred to an emotive speech that Meghan gave upon arriving to the Nyanga township in Cape Town during the royal tour. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Discusses Her Identity as a Woman of Color Within the Royal Family," 21 Oct. 2019 But when debating emotive and controversial topics such as climate change, the point at issue can become lost. Peter Ellerton, Quartz, "How to talk about climate change like Greta Thunberg," 12 Dec. 2019 Suicide is an emotional and emotive topic that is difficult to understand, hard to investigate and challenging to prevent. Simon Harold Walker, Time, "If We Want to Address the Crisis of Veteran Suicide, We Must Acknowledge Its History," 6 Sep. 2019 That's the way co-writer Ryan Hurd views the emotive ballad. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Here Are the Lyrics to Lady Antebellum's 'What If I Never Get Over You'," 25 Nov. 2019 While managing Lina's emotional state, smart Neo Cab players will also keep an eye on their passengers' words and faces, which are equally emotive. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Neo Cab is the dystopian gig-economy Crazy Taxi we’ve always wanted," 6 Oct. 2019 The resignations of the DA’s two most prominent black politicians ultimately reflect the party’s failure to resolve its position on the most emotive of South African issues: race. The Economist, "South Africa’s main opposition party implodes," 24 Oct. 2019 Leadership style For all the lessons he's absorbed from Dimon, Scharf brings a less emotive, more deliberative style to leadership. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Wells Fargo’s New CEO Charlie Scharf Spent 25 Years Learning From Jamie Dimon—Now He’s Taking Him On," 2 Oct. 2019 The Democratic primary is an emotive contest to prove who cares the most. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "Like Trump, Democratic Candidates Struggle to Stay within Constitutional Boundaries," 18 Sep. 2019

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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 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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