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Definition of emotional adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[usually before noun] connected with people's feelings (= with the emotions) emotional problems/needs emotional stress a child's emotional and intellectual development Mothers are often the ones who provide emotional support for the family.
  2. 2causing people to feel strong emotions synonym emotive emotional language abortion and other emotional issues This is a very emotional time for me.
  3. 3(sometimes disapproving) showing strong emotions, sometimes in a way that other people think is unnecessary an emotional outburst/response/reaction They made an emotional appeal for help. He tends to get emotional on these occasions.
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adverb emotionally disturbed children I try not to become emotionally involved. They have suffered physically and emotionally. an emotionally charged atmosphere
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