- The definition of hortative is a choice of words that encourage action.
An example of a hortative sentence is, "Just try it at least once!"
Origin: Late Latin hortātīvus, from Latin hortātus, past participle of hortārī, to exhort; see gher-2 in Indo-European roots.
- horˈta·tive·ly adverb
Variant of hortatory
- serving to encourage or urge to good deeds
- exhorting; giving advice
Origin: LL(Ec) hortatorius from past participle of Classical Latin hortari, to incite, encourage, frequentative of horiri, to urge, encourage from Indo-European base an unverified form ĝher-, to desire from source yearn, Glassical Greek charis
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