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
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?
Yet his tone was urgent and campaign-trail feisty, peppered with the exhortative refrain of, "Pass this bill, now!"
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.
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.
The difference between prohibitative and exhortative social feedback mechanisms is much more significant than people like to think.
Nor are these assertions mere neutral constations; they are exhortative performatives that require the passage from sheer enunciation to action.
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.
Several of the mestizo's friends were supporting him, mainly with their physical presence, although they became vocally exhortative from time to time.
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 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.