1. characterized by or pertaining to emotion: the emotive and rational capacities of humankind.
  2. productive of or directed toward the emotions: Artistic distortion is often an emotive use of form.


  1. tending or designed to arouse emotion
  2. of or characterized by emotion

1735, “causing movement,” from Latin emot-, past participle stem of emovere (see emotion) + -ive. Meaning “capable of emotion” is from 1881; that of “evoking emotions” is from 1923, originally in literary criticism.

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