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[af-ek-tiv] /ˈæf ɛk tɪv/
of, caused by, or expressing emotion or feeling; emotional.
causing emotion or feeling.
Origin of affective
1540-50; < Medieval Latin affectīvus, equivalent to Latin affect(us) (action noun; see affect1) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
affectively, adverb
[af-ek-tiv-i-tee] /ˌæf ɛkˈtɪv ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
nonaffective, adjective
Can be confused
affective, effective (see synonym study at effective) Unabridged
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Examples from the web for affective
  • Fish countered the affective fallacy, arguing that all meaning resided in the experience of the reader.
  • We have to step up to the mark and realise our own universal nature, and how affective it is or can be.
  • We know that personal decisions and scientific learning have important affective and social components.
  • Seasonal affective disorder--the winter blues--can be lifted with bright light, as long as treatment is timed properly.
  • The theories run the gamut ranging from personality disorders to affective disorders to psychotic disorders.
  • Fortunately, the uneven texture of the bread makes for an affective antialiasing filter.
  • However, it does not rule out bipolar affective disorder.
  • Empathy is part of our affective education that is in short supply.
  • Cannabis use and risk of psychotic or affective mental health outcomes: a systematic review.
  • One form of depression, seasonal affective disorder, is tightly linked with winter.
British Dictionary definitions for affective


(psychol) relating to affects
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)

  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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