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1. A tender feeling toward another; fondness.
2. often affections Feeling or emotion: an unbalanced state of affections.
3. A disposition to feel, do, or say; a propensity.
4. Obsolete Prejudice; partiality.

[Middle English affeccioun, from Old French affection, from Latin affectiō, affectiōn-, from affectus, past participle of afficere, to affect, influence; see affect1.]

af·fec′tion·al adj.
af·fec′tion·al·ly adv.


(əˈfɛk ʃə nl)

pertaining to or implying affection.
af•fec′tion•al•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.affectional - characterized by emotionaffectional - characterized by emotion    
emotional - of more than usual emotion; "his behavior was highly emotional"
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Among the constructs in this framework that appear to be important for an understanding of grandparents in the lives of grandchildren with disabilities is affectional solidarity, defined as the extent and nature of each family member's positive sentiment toward other members of the family (Bengtson & Mangen, 1988).
Attachment involves the degree to which the individual has affectional or emotional ties to these people, identifies with them, and cares about their expectations.
Comstock's most consequential conclusion is perhaps the suggestion (in the chapter on "Seminary, Ordination, Ministry, and Employment") that "most gay clergy and lay employees find and hold on to the full range of traditional positions within organized religion by being completely closeted, by being out selectively to various trusted individuals, by camouflaging their orientation and relationships, and/or by compartmentalizing their social, affectional and professional lives".
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As we shall see, not only affectional but generational, class, and national differences-and their complex interplay in the lives of women-shaped responses to the practice of single-sex organizing.
Marriage remains recognizably derivative of affectional ideals, yet a dramatic change of paradigm must have arisen in a society where today fully 60 percent of all marriages are projected to end in divorce.
Compared with the affectional environment in households with married parents, who have usually settled into a more sedate sex life, the climate in these post-nuclear family households may be over-heated and eroticized" Never mind that Whitehead's view of married life as unmarred by incident and as bland as over-chewed gum says a lot about the puritanical premise upon which she writes The Divorce Culture.
Human affectional system is one of several discrete human motivational systems which often shows variations between different groups.
Despite - or possibly because of - our affectional deviations from the heterosexual whole, lesbians are presumed able to speak those erotic desires most dear but also most often denied to the encouraged modesty of the female tongue.
3) With the publication of One Art, the extent to which Bishop lived her affectional and intellectual life through letters comes clearly into view, lending support to Robert Lowell's prediction that with the letters she will be recognized as not only one of the best, but also one of the most prolific writers of our century" (One Art vii).
The impact of AIDS Kopkind suggests, is the destruction of an affectional community very much like an ethnic or national community (600).
Homosexual" is a word most closely associated with medical models developed in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to describe same-sex erotic relations, and is frequently applied by scholars to urban subcultures of the same time period in which men had sexual and affectional relations with one another; gay," on the other hand, is generally used to refer to later groups of men and women who shook off earlier medical models of homosexual "deviance" and began to perceive themselves through and organize around a more affirmative notion of minority group identity and politics.