Definition of affective in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈfɛktɪv/


1Relating to moods, feelings, and attitudes.
Example sentences
  • A therapeutic range has not been established for valproic acid in affective disorders.
  • Most defendants who were hospitalised had diagnoses of schizophrenia or bipolar affective disorder.
  • There was also a low prevalence of affective disorders in the violent group.
1.1Denoting or relating to mental disorders in which disturbance of mood is the primary symptom.
Example sentences
  • The women who reported more severe coercion were more likely to be diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder.
  • Of a total of 55 participants with complete data, 43 reported a lifetime affective disorder.
  • Episodes of psychosis recurring each autumn sounds like an extreme version of seasonal affective disorder.



Example sentences
  • According to the McMaster model of family functioning, parents need to be affectively involved with their children.
  • Complex animal vocalizations appear more akin to music, with its vaguely defined, affectively rich ‘meaning.’
  • Pat appears to ‘extend herself out’ to her father, but she does this only cognitively, not affectively.


Pronunciation: /afɛkˈtɪvɪti/
Example sentences
  • For example, mothers high in trait negative affectivity may have more negative social information processing styles.
  • The song was politicised, reflexive and drenched in affectivity.
  • Such exposures resulted in decreased verbal attention, visual memory, motoricity, and affectivity.


Late Middle English: via French from late Latin affectivus, from afficere (see affect2).

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