Definition of emotional adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪˈməʊʃənl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈmoʊʃənl//
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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. 2  causing 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.
  4. Extra examples Don’t be so emotional about everything! Having all her friends around her made her very emotional. He got quite emotional during the speech. He was in a very emotional state. An enduring emotional attachment between mother and baby develops in the first year. He’s a hyperactive youngster with emotional problems. Physical and emotional well-being are inextricably linked. Victims require emotional support and reassurance. an emotional outburst/​response/​reaction
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