expressive of or appealing to , especially the tender emotions and feelings, as love, pity, or nostalgia:
a sentimental song.
pertaining to or dependent on :
We kept the old photograph for purely sentimental reasons.
weakly emotional; mawkishly susceptible or tender:
the sentimental Victorians.
characterized by or showing or refined feeling.
Historical Examples

Yet he is modern, in the sense that he is intellectual and anti-sentimental, as compared with Albeniz.
The London Mercury, Vol. I, Nos. 1-6, November 1919 to April 1920 Various

Perhaps she had caught and unconsciously copied some of Wellgood’s anti-sentimental attitude.
Second String Anthony Hope

tending to indulge the emotions excessively
making a direct appeal to the emotions, esp to romantic feelings
relating to or characterized by sentiment

1749, “pertaining to or characterized by sentiment,” from sentiment + -al (1). At first without pejorative connotations; meaning “having too much sentiment, apt to be swayed by prejudice” had emerged by 1793 (implied in sentimentalist). Related: Sentimentally.


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