Emotional vs. Emotive

Emotional = (of persons) having feelings that are easily excited and openly displayed.

  • I have just been so emotional.
  • He talked in a voice with emotional vibrations.
  • Neethu¬†easily gets emotional when it comes to her daughter’s health.
  • He gave his son emotional support when his plans backfired on him.


Emotive = Likely to cause high emotions or arousing or able to arouse intense feelings.

  • He used highly emotive language to stir the public feelings.
  • Human trafficking is a highly emotive issue capturing public attention.

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