emo·​tion·​al i-ˈmō-sh(ə-)nəl How to pronounce emotional (audio)
: of or relating to emotion
an emotional disorder
: dominated by or prone to emotion
an emotional person
: appealing to or arousing emotion
an emotional sermon
: markedly aroused or agitated in feeling or sensibilities
gets emotional at weddings
emotionally adverb

Examples of emotional in a Sentence

He's a very emotional person. worship at revival meetings often takes a markedly emotional form
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Word History

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of emotional was in 1834

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“Emotional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emotional. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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emo·​tion·​al i-ˈmō-shnəl How to pronounce emotional (audio)
: of or relating to the emotions
an emotional upset
: likely to show or express emotion : easily moved
an emotional person
: causing one to feel emotion
an emotional speech
emotionally adverb

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