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Definition of sentimental

1a : marked or governed by feeling, sensibility, or emotional idealism
b : resulting from feeling rather than reason or thought a sentimental attachment a sentimental favorite
2 : having an excess of sentiment or sensibility

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Other Words from sentimental

sentimentally adverb

Examples of sentimental in a Sentence

He has a sentimental attachment to his old high school. She saved her wedding gown for sentimental reasons. He has sentimental ideas about the past. I tend to get very sentimental when I think about my childhood.
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Recent Examples on the Web And, not surprisingly, things are getting sentimental. Samantha Highfill,, "Supernatural stars return to set for final 60 days of filming," 9 Jan. 2020 Will Driving West stays just the right side of sentimental. Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter, "'And the Birds Rained Down' ('Il pleuvait des oiseaux'): Film Review | San Sebastián 2019," 1 Oct. 2019 Few if any general managers value the sentimental side of baseball as much as Dayton Moore. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Here's why the Royals should at least be open to trading Salvador Perez," 15 June 2018 Eldridge was quoted by the paper as saying the donor told her the jewelry had sentimental value to her but was just laying around. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Tiffany bracelet dropped in Salvation Army kettle by Christmas shopper," 24 Dec. 2019 This could be our hometown, our favorite vacation spot or a location that holds deep sentimental value. Banu Ibrahim, CNN Underscored, "20 host and hostess gifts that are better than a fruit basket," 9 Dec. 2019 Some people can understand your deep reverence for all things bright and beautiful, but others may find your views too sentimental. Magi Helena, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Dec. 19, 2019: Gemini, inspire others; Leo, job pressures interfere with holiday plans," 19 Dec. 2019 Alcott is no longer regarded as a sentimental author for girls, but as a pioneering writer of the first rank. Grace Lovelace, Smithsonian, "The New ‘Little Women’ Brings Louisa May Alcott’s Real Life to the Big Screen," 18 Dec. 2019 The franchise icon and two-time Super Bowl MVP could get the sentimental nod over rookie Daniel Jones, who is fully recovered from his ankle injury that sidelined him last week. Keven Lerner,, "Staff predictions: Miami Dolphins (3-10) at New York Giants (2-11)," 12 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of sentimental

1741, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Sentimental.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sentimental

: based on, showing, or resulting from feelings or emotions rather than reason or thought
: appealing to the emotions especially in an excessive way
: having or expressing strong feelings of love, sadness, etc., in a way that may seem foolish or excessive


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Kids Definition of sentimental

1 : influenced strongly by feelings of affection or yearning She kept her old doll for sentimental reasons.
2 : primarily affecting the emotions a sentimental story

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