Definition of hortative in English:



See hortatory

‘Its hortative function barely survives outside of a few locutions, but ‘God bless… ‘is one of those.’’
  • ‘The anonymous yet commanding voice of the David-like poet then reappears and neatly concludes the poem with its final hortative: ‘With Circes let them dwell that thinke not so.’’
  • ‘The scriptures of Semitic inspiration are hortative, admonitory; they urge, they reprove, they enjoin, they warn.’
  • ‘Given the hortative intent of this paper, there is not the opportunity to provide a detailed rendition of accountings during the Irish famine.’



/ˈhôrdədiv/ /ˈhɔrdədɪv/