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Definition of sentimental adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1connected with your emotions, rather than reason He has a strong sentimental attachment to the place. She kept the letters for sentimental reasons. The ring wasn't worth very much but it had great sentimental value.
  2. 2(often disapproving) producing emotions such as sympathy, romantic love, or sadness, that may be too strong or not appropriate; feeling these emotions too much a slushy, sentimental love story Her book is honest without being sentimental. He's not the sort of man who gets sentimental about old friendships. opposite unsentimental
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See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: sentimental