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affective

[af-ek-tiv] /ˈæf ɛk tɪv/
adjective
1.
of, caused by, or expressing emotion or feeling; emotional.
2.
causing emotion or feeling.
Origin of affective
1540-1550
1540-50; < Medieval Latin affectīvus, equivalent to Latin affect(us) (action noun; see affect1) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
affectively, adverb
affectivity
[af-ek-tiv-i-tee] /ˌæf ɛkˈtɪv ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
nonaffective, adjective
Can be confused
affective, effective (see synonym study at effective)
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  • The changing secondary ideas, by means of their own affective influences, give it its special temporal and local signs.

    An Introduction to Psychology Wilhelm Max Wundt
  • In like manner there are affective qualities and affections of the soul.

    The Categories Aristotle
  • The nature of mental diseases consists in the return to former states of the affective life and function.

  • In the realm of the affective states, transfers of this sort are not at all rare.

  • A third class within this category is that of affective qualities and affections.

    The Categories Aristotle
  • It consists in expunging the characteristic of the affective states.

    The Mind and the Brain Alfred Binet
  • The element which distinguishes appreciation from memory or imagination or perception is an affective one.

    How to Teach George Drayton Strayer and Naomi Norsworthy
  • The passionate vehemence with which her words were uttered was affective.

    A Prince of Anahuac James A. Porter
British Dictionary definitions for affective

affective

/əˈfɛktɪv/
adjective
1.
(psychol) relating to affects
2.
concerned with or arousing the emotions or affection
Derived Forms
affectivity (ˌæfɛkˈtɪvɪtɪ), affectiveness, noun
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affective in Medicine

affective af·fec·tive (ə-fěk'tĭv)
adj.

  1. Concerned with or arousing feelings or emotions; emotional.

  2. Influenced by or resulting from the emotions, as of a psychological disorder.

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