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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.
Contemporary Examples

The trend has hardly gone unnoticed, but the economic factor is often ignored in favor of sentimental arguments.
America’s One-Child Policy Brandy Zadrozny July 16, 2013

Israel should never renounce its historical, legal, or sentimental ties to Hebron.
Ending the Blame Game Through Talks Gil Troy August 15, 2013

Both men were transformed into sentimental softies by Brief Encounter.
Best of Brit Lit Peter Stothard July 8, 2009

The simultaneously upbeat and sentimental ode to friendship is equal parts funk, trance, pop, and R&B.
The Swedish Queen of Soulful Pop: Mapei Won’t Wait for You to Listen Caitlin Dickson October 15, 2014

For me, reading Middlemarch or sentimental Education is work, whereas Catcher in the Rye was pure pleasure.
Woody Allen’s Favorite Books FiveBooks May 5, 2011

Historical Examples

If we get silly and sentimental, we sha’n’t be able to stand ourselves.
The Wyndam Girls Marion Ames Taggart

Let us see if there is any foundation for this sentimental balderdash.
The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris

But please do not be too sentimental about the “good old days.”
The Story of Mankind Hendrik van Loon

This country is absurd with its sentimental regard for individual liberty.
The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad

The picture has a sentimental value to me, apart from its artistic.
The Letters of Ambrose Bierce Ambrose Bierce

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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