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Definition of "exhortative" [ex•hor•ta•tive]

  • Acting or intended to encourage, incite, or advise. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "exhortative" in a sentence
  • "Look, I can already picture you rolling your eyes as your read this at least inwardly; and yes, I know I've said "look" twice now, and yes, I remember how you resent it when books take an "exhortative" tone with you . . . — but isn't it a half-knowing eye roll?"
  • "Yet his tone was urgent and campaign-trail feisty, peppered with the exhortative refrain of, "Pass this bill, now!""
  • "As much as Tocqueville owes to Enlightenment insights, his work belongs, as well, to the counter-Enlightenment strain of the liberal tradition — impressionistic and exhortative, idealistic in its use of types and fatalistic in its approach to history, sentimental both in its portrayal of a declining aristocracy and in its invocation of the turbulent United States as a manner of natural order."