from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Hortatory.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Urging, exhorting, or encouraging.
  • adj. Of a mood or class of imperative subjunctive moods of a verb for giving strong encouragement.
  • n. A mood or class of imperative subjunctive moods of a verb for giving strong encouragement.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Giving exhortation; advisory; exhortative.
  • n. An exhortation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Giving exhortation; encouraging; inciting.
  • n. An address intended to incite or encourage; an exhortation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. giving strong encouragement


Late Latin hortātīvus, from Latin hortātus, past participle of hortārī, to exhort; see gher-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin hortātīvus, from hortor ‘exhort’. (Wiktionary)


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  • January 25th, 2007 at 5: 55 am awesome idea! so easy, so powerfull, so hortative.

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  • This with similar usages throughout the KJV seems to be merely hortative, bleached of any chiding tone. GO TO, THOU ART A FOOLISH FELLOW.

  • "You've got to accentuate the hortative, eliminate pejoratives, latch on to the deprecative, and don't mess with Mr. In-Between." GO TO, THOU ART A FOOLISH FELLOW.

  • How did the mere hortative manage to exist alongside the deprecative? GO TO, THOU ART A FOOLISH FELLOW.

  • It was an ancient and a sad matron of a sedate look and christian walking, in habit dun beseeming her megrims and wrinkled visage, nor did her hortative want of it effect for incontinently


  • From the schematic linearity of its structure to the hortative tone of its narration, the grant permeates each sequence as the blues infuses every composition by Duke Ellington.

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  • He knew some members of the congregation, including the president, grew restive during his discourse, and would have preferred a more oratorical, hortative style, but he felt his type of sermon was more in keeping with his basic function of teacher, implicit in the word "rabbi."

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  • He has fourteen moods; his _interrogative, optative, hortative, promissive, precautive, requisitive, enunciative_, &c. But as far as philosophical accuracy and the convenience and advantage of the learner are concerned, it is believed that no arrangement is preferable to the following.

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  • Parson, under high excitement, rained his hortative oratory upon me.

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