from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to emotion: the emotive aspect of symbols.
  • adj. Characterized by, expressing, or exciting emotion: an emotive trial lawyer; the emotive issue of gun control.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of, or relating to emotion
  • adj. appealing to one's emotions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Attended by, or having the character of, emotion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Producing or marked by or manifesting emotion; of an emotional character.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. characterized by emotion


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