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hortative

[hawr-tuh-tiv] /ˈhɔr tə tɪv/
adjective
1.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; < Latin hortātīvus, equivalent to hortāt(us), past participle of hortārī to incite to action, frequentative of horīrī to encourage (akin to yearn) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
hortatively, adverb
unhortative, adjective
unhortatively, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for hortative

hortatory

/ˈhɔːtətərɪ; -trɪ/
adjective
1.
tending to exhort; encouraging
Derived Forms
hortation, noun
hortatorily, hortatively, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin hortātōrius, from Latin hortārī to exhort
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