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

  • adj. Acting or intended to encourage, incite, or advise.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Appearing to exhort; in an urging manner.
  • adj. Inflected hortative verb form that a speaker uses to avidly encourage a listener.
  • n. The exhortative mood.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Serving to exhort; exhortatory; hortative.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Containing exhortation; hortatory.

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

  • adj. giving strong encouragement


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From Latin exhortativus, from exhortatus, akin to English exhort +‎ -ative


  • Look, I can already picture you rolling your eyes as your read this at least inwardly; and yes, I know I've said "look" twice now, and yes, I remember how you resent it when books take an "exhortative" tone with you . . . — but isn't it a half-knowing eye roll?

    Portland Vagabonder [Card #8: Strength] [WORK-IN-PROGRESS]

  • Yet his tone was urgent and campaign-trail feisty, peppered with the exhortative refrain of, "Pass this bill, now!"

    President Obama's jobs speech: the verdict | The panel

  • As much as Tocqueville owes to Enlightenment insights, his work belongs, as well, to the counter-Enlightenment strain of the liberal tradition — impressionistic and exhortative, idealistic in its use of types and fatalistic in its approach to history, sentimental both in its portrayal of a declining aristocracy and in its invocation of the turbulent United States as a manner of natural order.

    The Visitor

  • Just as important, though, is a difference in function between retrospective appraisal and present judgments that have an exhortative function as much as anything else.

    Am I a Relativist? Well, It Depends.

  • The difference between prohibitative and exhortative social feedback mechanisms is much more significant than people like to think.

    Morality and the liberal

  • Nor are these assertions mere neutral constations; they are exhortative performatives that require the passage from sheer enunciation to action.

    Reading, Begging, Paul de Man

  • The band's first and most conventionally soul-like album, A Whole New Thing, was a flop, but the exhortative title song of album two, "Dance to the Music," became their first Top 10 hit, in 1968, and remains a party standard to this day.

    Sly Stone's Higher Power

  • Several of the mestizo's friends were supporting him, mainly with their physical presence, although they became vocally exhortative from time to time.

    Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates

  • Chrysostom delivered a series of twenty or twenty-one (the nineteenth is probably not authentic) sermons, full of vigour, consolatory, exhortative, tranquilizing, until Flavian, the bishop, brought back from Constantinople the emperor's pardon.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

  • The plenipotentiaries bore this gibe with dignity, and decided to have recourse once more to their favorite, and, indeed, only method -- the despatch of exhortative telegrams.

    The Inside Story of the Peace Conference


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