Affective



of, caused by, or expressing emotion or feeling; emotional.
causing emotion or feeling.
Contemporary Examples

The repetitive nature of his work is both effective and affective, especially in an exhibition of this scale.
Keith Haring’s Public, Political Art at Paris’s Musée D’Art Moderne Alice Cavanagh April 18, 2013

Instead, it turned out to be richly perceptual and affective.
A Silence Worth 1,000 Pictures Blake Gopnik September 19, 2013

Historical Examples

The changing secondary ideas, by means of their own affective influences, give it its special temporal and local signs.
An Introduction to Psychology Wilhelm Max Wundt

In like manner there are affective qualities and affections of the soul.
The Categories Aristotle

The nature of mental diseases consists in the return to former states of the affective life and function.
Reflections on War and Death Sigmund Freud

In the realm of the affective states, transfers of this sort are not at all rare.
Essay on the Creative Imagination Th. Ribot

A third class within this category is that of affective qualities and affections.
The Categories Aristotle

It consists in expunging the characteristic of the affective states.
The Mind and the Brain Alfred Binet

The element which distinguishes appreciation from memory or imagination or perception is an affective one.
How to Teach George Drayton Strayer and Naomi Norsworthy

The passionate vehemence with which her words were uttered was affective.
A Prince of Anahuac James A. Porter

adjective
(psychol) relating to affects
concerned with or arousing the emotions or affection

affective af·fec·tive (ə-fěk’tĭv)
adj.

Concerned with or arousing feelings or emotions; emotional.

Influenced by or resulting from the emotions, as of a psychological disorder.

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