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[hawr-tuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈhɔr təˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
urging to some course of conduct or action; exhorting; encouraging:
a hortatory speech.
Origin of hortatory
1580-90; < Late Latin hortātōrius encouraging, equivalent to hortā() (see hortative) + -tōrius -tory1
Related forms
hortatorily, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hortatory
  • He tried to enter the continent straight away, leaving the words to loosen and turn hortatory.
  • There is nothing dated about the author's hortatory message.
  • It is bland, vague, hortatory and lacking in substance.
  • Finally, such a phrase could never be more than hortatory.
  • However, this hortatory language may not properly serve to create an ambiguity in an otherwise unambiguous termination provision.
  • Merit system principles are hortatory and are not self-executing.
  • But the educational approach or hortatory appeal has its limitation.
  • These provisions are hortatory and provide no rights or duties beyond those already contained in other regulations.
British Dictionary definitions for hortatory


/ˈhɔːtətərɪ; -trɪ/
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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Word Origin and History for hortatory

1580s, from Middle French hortatoire and directly from Late Latin hortatorius "encouraging, cheering," from hortatus, past participle of hortari "exhort, encourage, urge, incite, instigate," intensive of horiri "urge, incite, encourage," from PIE root *gher- "to like, want" (cf. Old English giernan "to strive, desire, yearn;" Gothic gairnei "desire;" Greek khresthai "to lack, want; use, make use of," kharis "grace, favor," khairein "to rejoice, delight in;" Sanskrit haryati "finds pleasure, likes," harsate "is aroused;" Avestan zara "effort, aim;" Russian zhariti "awake desire, charm").

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