Definition of emotional in US English:

emotional

adjective

  • 1Relating to a person's emotions.

    ‘children with emotional difficulties’
    • ‘He urged the justices not to lock her up as he felt that she needed help in overcoming her emotional difficulties to stop her offending.’
    • ‘We try to give them emotional support and an idea of what is right and wrong.’
    • ‘Or maybe they have given them emotional support during a difficult period in their life.’
    • ‘This can be a result of emotional difficulties or being prone to anxiety.’
    • ‘It does not deal with emotional trauma or past issues and is clearly very different from counselling.’
    • ‘They may have a range of emotional needs, issues related to drugs or alcohol or a history of offending.’
    • ‘Relationships need your presence along with emotional and physical support.’
    • ‘His family is struggling and scrambling to deal with not only the emotional issues but the financial impact as well.’
    • ‘I would think that the woman in question has severe emotional issues that should be dealt with.’
    • ‘The nurses also give practical and emotional support to the family at this incredibly difficult time.’
    • ‘The court also heard that his girlfriend is standing by him and will offer emotional support when he is finally released from jail.’
    • ‘The condition and treatment cause fatigue, but there are also emotional and practical issues to deal with.’
    • ‘Also, generous relatives may be able to offer emotional and financial support.’
    • ‘They accuse their parents of not understanding them, of not offering emotional support.’
    • ‘Springfields manages a centre for primary school pupils experiencing emotional difficulties.’
    • ‘In this case, the mural has helped pupils with emotional and behavioural difficulties to learn about history.’
    • ‘The emotional difficulties they face are just part of the problem.’
    • ‘We provided her with emotional support and tried to help her deal with the reality of her situation.’
    • ‘Students who were unable to take part because of emotional and behavioural difficulties showed their work on video.’
    • ‘Trained volunteers will offer emotional support, information and advice in complete confidence.’
    spiritual, inner, psychic, psychological, of the heart
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    1. 1.1 Arousing or characterized by intense feeling.
      ‘an emotional speech’
      • ‘At last night's meeting he was spearheading an intense and at times emotional debate on the countryside.’
      • ‘While the issue can become highly emotional, most Chinese employees will vote with their feet.’
      • ‘Politicians, academics and campaigners today routinely frame public issues in emotional terms.’
      • ‘After days of emotional testimony, the issue was to become black or white.’
      • ‘Taking it can be an intense emotional experience, one that you may not be prepared for.’
      • ‘Controversial social and political issues underlay these emotional exchanges.’
      • ‘It was definitely intense and emotional at times, but that's just part of recording.’
      • ‘Counselling will help you to talk through the emotional issues that you are both struggling with at the moment.’
      • ‘The devastated parents of a man murdered in a Bolton town centre street have issued an emotional plea to help catch his killer.’
      • ‘There are things he made me do in the film, very intense emotional work, that I didn't know I was capable of.’
      • ‘All of these reports focused heavily on the emotional intensity of Blair's speech.’
      • ‘The whole town revolves around the club and so the experience is going to be very intense and emotional for him.’
      • ‘It was an intense, emotional experience shot through with moments of genius.’
      • ‘We struggle with the emotional issues of success and failure in our lives, and what did we do?’
      • ‘Everything that I'm drawn to is always pretty deep, emotional and intense.’
      • ‘Scarcely able to conceal his disappointment, he issued an emotional apology afterwards.’
      poignant, moving, touching, affecting, powerful, stirring, emotive, heart-rending, heartbreaking, heart-warming, soul-stirring, uplifting, impassioned, dramatic
      emotive, sensitive, delicate, difficult, problematic
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    2. 1.2 (of a person) having feelings that are easily excited and openly displayed.
      ‘he was a strongly emotional young man’
      • ‘Women are more emotional, think in grander ways and can see the bigger picture, whereas a lot of men prefer the smaller picture.’
      • ‘It was enough to bring tears of relief or nostalgia to a more emotional person's eyes.’
      • ‘Men are rational and think with their brains whereas women are emotional and rule by their hearts or feelings.’
      • ‘That's why I was so emotional afterwards because all my personal hell was going through my head.’
      • ‘I am quite an emotional person but I am shrouded in a fairly straight exterior.’
      • ‘An emotional congregation packed into a Walton church for the last time.’
      • ‘He speaks simply, he's a very emotional man, and he shows a lot of passion in what he says.’
      • ‘My first impression of him is that he's a very emotional person and he lets his emotions be seen.’
      • ‘The square formed between the Moon and Pluto shows you have an intense emotional nature.’
      • ‘He's a very emotional person and he likes to be a father figure to all of his team.’
      • ‘I would prefer an emotional hero any day to an intellectual superstar.’
      • ‘His grandfather was not, in the general way of things, an emotional man.’
      • ‘I try my best with the emotional parts, seeing as I'm not a very outwardly emotional person myself.’
      • ‘He was a passionate and emotional man always yearning to uncover and reveal the mystery of the world he lived in.’
      • ‘We think men are cold and uncaring, they think we are too emotional and clingy.’
      • ‘He is an emotional man, whose attempts at toughness are often undermined by personal contact.’
      • ‘As happens with emotional people, her voice filled with desperation.’
      • ‘An emotional father has been reunited with his daughter 27 years after he last saw her’
      • ‘This in turn led to my somewhat hypocritical agreement about emotional children.’
      • ‘There were many emotional customers there to say goodbye and wish Mary a happy retirement.’
      passionate, feeling, hot-blooded, warm, ardent, fervent, excitable, temperamental, melodramatic, tempestuous, overcharged, responsive
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Usage

See emotive

Pronunciation

emotional

/əˈmōSH(ə)n(ə)l//əˈmoʊʃ(ə)n(ə)l/