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[ih-moh-tiv] /ɪˈmoʊ tɪv/
characterized by or pertaining to emotion:
the emotive and rational capacities of humankind.
productive of or directed toward the emotions:
Artistic distortion is often an emotive use of form.
Origin of emotive
1725-35; emot(ion) + -ive
Related forms
emotively, adverb
emotiveness, emotivity
[ee-moh-tiv-i-tee, ih-moh-] /ˌi moʊˈtɪv ɪ ti, ɪ moʊ-/ (Show IPA),
hyperemotive, adjective
hyperemotively, adverb
hyperemotiveness, noun
hyperemotivity, noun
nonemotive, adjective
nonemotively, adverb
nonemotiveness, noun
unemotive, adjective
unemotively, adverb
unemotiveness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for emotive
  • He's still a gutsy, emotive singer, and the music strives to be up to the minute.
  • But charities are using the same emotive photos they used then to pitch for money.
  • That's using an emotive argument to belittle anyone that disagrees with him.
  • The precious textures of life are symbolized beautifully in this emotive image.
  • Sure, it may be important for many purposes, often for emotive reasons.
  • The effect of these simple depictions, in the darkness, was ethereal and emotive.
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  • Another recurring source of conflict is the emotive question of flags.
  • Nowhere else but in your own comments are such emotive and distastefully hyperbolic terms mentioned.
  • It involves strong design and lighting, and emotive cartooning, as opposed to super-realistic illustration.
British Dictionary definitions for emotive


tending or designed to arouse emotion
of or characterized by emotion
Derived Forms
emotively, adverb
emotiveness, emotivity, noun
Usage note
Emotional is preferred to emotive when describing a display of emotion: he was given an emotional (not emotive) welcome
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Word Origin and History for emotive

1735, "causing movement," from Latin emot-, past participle stem of emovere (see emotion) + -ive. Meaning "capable of emotion" is from 1881; that of "evoking emotions" is from 1923, originally in literary criticism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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