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 Joaquin Phoenix, 45, continues to collect accolade after accolade — including a Golden Globe, BAFTA Film Award, and, perhaps, an Oscar — for his emotive performance in the Joker. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Joker' Star Joaquin Phoenix Thought Fiancée Rooney Mara "Despised" Him When They First Met," 10 Feb. 2020 With a musician's ear and a scholar's sensibility, Huckaby adventurously and diligently bridged the emotive sounds of house music with the precision of techno. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Mike Huckaby, influential Detroit techno-house DJ and instructor, dies at 54," 25 Apr. 2020 But a few truly stood out, delivering inventive and emotive spectacles that stuck with you. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "The 5 Best Performances From the 2020 Grammys," 27 Jan. 2020 Schiff is not a particularly dramatic or emotive speaker. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Adam Schiff and the End of Implausible Deniability," 23 Jan. 2020 Heading home after a long hospital wait, the woman has no doubt who is to blame for the health system’s burdens, slapping him with the lazy xenophobic slur that provides the title of Nikita Lalwani’s emotive third novel. The Economist, "Through the trapdoor “You People” dramatises the underside of London," 8 Apr. 2020 Gogolla and her fellow researchers carried out a series of experiments with emotive mice and linked five emotional states -- pleasure, disgust, nausea, pain and fear -- to their facial expressions. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Mice make different faces depending on how they feel -- and that could impact how we treat mood disorders, a new study says," 2 Apr. 2020 The blandly emotive choreography, seen in brief flashes is not worthy of a prima ballerina, much less an apprentice. Gia Kourlas, New York Times, "A Ballet Scandal Gets the ‘Special Victims Unit’ Treatment," 27 Mar. 2020 The push against single-use plastic has some emotive mascots, including the iconic turtle with a straw in its nose. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Sea turtles think plastic smells like food," 14 Mar. 2020

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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 6 Jun. 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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