Definition of affective in English:



  • 1Relating to moods, feelings, and attitudes.

    ‘affective disorders’
    • ‘This method has been successfully employed in other subliminal affective priming studies.’
    • ‘It was designed to measure both affective and evaluative components of attitudes toward one's current job.’
    • ‘There was also a low prevalence of affective disorders in the violent group.’
    • ‘Most defendants who were hospitalised had diagnoses of schizophrenia or bipolar affective disorder.’
    • ‘A therapeutic range has not been established for valproic acid in affective disorders.’
    aesthetically pleasing, aesthetic, pleasurable, gratifying, rich, sumptuous, luxurious
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    1. 1.1 Denoting or relating to mental disorders in which disturbance of mood is the primary symptom.
      • ‘No change in affective illness morbidity was observed in the group where the lithium dose was not altered.’
      • ‘The women who reported more severe coercion were more likely to be diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder.’
      • ‘In this section we continue with the second major group of disorders; what are called the mood or affective disorders.’
      • ‘Episodes of psychosis recurring each autumn sounds like an extreme version of seasonal affective disorder.’
      • ‘Of a total of 55 participants with complete data, 43 reported a lifetime affective disorder.’


Late Middle English: via French from late Latin affectivus, from afficere (see affect).