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emotional

[ih-moh-shuh-nl] /ɪˈmoʊ ʃə nl/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or involving emotion or the emotions.
2.
subject to or easily affected by emotion:
We are an emotional family, given to demonstrations of affection.
3.
appealing to the emotions:
an emotional request for contributions.
4.
showing or revealing very strong emotions:
an emotional scene in a play.
5.
actuated, effected, or determined by emotion rather than reason:
An emotional decision is often a wrong decision.
6.
governed by emotion:
He is in a highly emotional state of mind.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; emotion + -al1
Related forms
emotionally, adverb
hyperemotional, adjective
hyperemotionally, adverb
nonemotional, adjective
nonemotionally, adverb
overemotional, adjective
overemotionally, adverb
preemotional, adjective
preemotionally, adverb
pseudoemotional, adjective
pseudoemotionally, adverb
quasi-emotional, adjective
quasi-emotionally, adverb
semiemotional, adjective
semiemotionally, adverb
unemotional, adjective
unemotionally, adverb
Synonyms
2. temperamental, effusive, demonstrative, sentimental.
Antonyms
2. undemonstrative, unsentimental, inexpressive.
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Examples for emotional
  • Making an emotional face--or suppressing one--influences your feelings.
  • Your emotional feelings towards a vaccine is not valid evidence.
  • Their emotional needs having gone unmet, they frequently have trouble understanding or appreciating the feelings of others.
  • This physical tiredness resulting from emotional stress does not subside quickly as it does after physical exertion.
  • Often more distressing than any financial concerns are the emotional effects.
  • Empathy requires emotional involvement.
  • The problem with pain is that it is both an emotional and a physical response.
  • Shouting is usually an emotional reaction.
  • The reaction was immediate and emotional.
  • Obviously, it was a very emotional day.
British Dictionary definitions for emotional

emotional

/ɪˈməʊʃənəl/
adjective
1.
of, characteristic of, or expressive of emotion
2.
readily or excessively affected by emotion
3.
appealing to or arousing emotion an emotional piece of music
4.
caused, determined, or actuated by emotion rather than reason an emotional argument
Derived Forms
emotionality, noun
emotionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for emotional
adj.

1821, "pertaining to emotion," from emotion + -al (1). Meaning "liable to emotions" attested by 1857. Related: Emotionally. Emotional intelligence coined by mid-1960s, popular from mid-1980s.

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