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  • 1Psychology
    Relating to moods, feelings, and attitudes.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘This method has been successfully employed in other subliminal affective priming studies.’
    • ‘It was designed to measure both affective and evaluative components of attitudes toward one's current job.’
    aesthetically pleasing, aesthetic, pleasurable, gratifying, rich, sumptuous, luxurious
    1. 1.1Psychiatry Denoting or relating to mental conditions in which disturbance of mood or its expression is the primary component.
      • ‘affective disorders’



/əˈfektiv/ /əˈfɛktɪv/


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