- 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 of hortativeLate Latin hortātīvus, from Latin hortātus, past participle of hortārī, to exhort; see gher-2 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more hortative, superlative most hortative)
From Latin hortātīvus, from hortor (“I exhort”).
Variant of hortatory
- serving to encourage or urge to good deeds
- exhorting; giving advice
Origin of hortatoryEcclesiastical Late Latin 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, Classical Greek charis