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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 of emotional
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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  • The hot color flew to Chris' face; she had always been so cold and unemotional that this impulsive embrace embarrassed him.

    A Bachelor Husband Ruby M. Ayres
  • And really they're the most unemotional and matter-of-fact couple I ever saw.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • The man of the world—the English gentleman, hypocritical or unemotional?

    The Heart of a Woman Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  • Of all those present in the little church he had seemed most unemotional, and had been most moved.

    The Patrician John Galsworthy
  • Consideringly, Sally looked down, faintly excited, but unemotional.

    Coquette Frank Swinnerton
  • Willie Winter could never take that unemotional point of view.

  • His tone was flat and unemotional, but she did not seem able to meet his eyes.

    The Uphill Climb B. M. Bower
  • How poised and watchful that girl looked; how unemotional her voice sounded!

British Dictionary definitions for unemotional

unemotional

/ˌʌnɪˈməʊʃənəl/
adjective
1.
lacking in strong feeling

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 unemotional
adj.

1876, from un- (1) "not" + emotional. Related: Unemotionally.

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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