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.
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- 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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The idea of things being more emotive is very interesting.
The proponents of euthanasia always talk in emotive terms about people dying in great distress.
Since Orwell, so far as we know, had not been in this condition, the comparison, while perhaps effectively emotive, is logically meaningless.
Britain would be "mad, literally mad" to abandon them to Amin's whim, he said - and then he coined the emotive phrase for which we will always remember him: "Like the Roman, I seem to see the River Tiber foaming with much blood."
Obviously, the word "league" did exist, derived from the Latin ligare ( "to bind"), but it was the creation of football leagues that made the expression emotive and understood by all.
In all of these cases we have what Jakobson calls the emotive function.
And it's so emotive, which isn't much helped by Richard Dawkins rather inflaming the issue to promote atheism.
"I think what Mr. Savelli calls the emotive force of mankind helps to balance our own personal emotions," said be.
Johnson borrows something of his technique from Harrison, a device I would call emotive exposition, which lends declarative statements of fact a certain kind of dramatic force, and harks back to the work of Hemingway and Sherwood Anderson.
Mr. Obama as clinical and insufficiently emotive, which is really just another way of saying the president is not really knowable.