Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Wikipedia.
Related to hortative: exhortative, Dehortative, Cohortative



[Late Latin hortātīvus, from Latin hortātus, past participle of hortārī, to exhort; see gher- in Indo-European roots.]

hor′ta·tive·ly adv.


(ˈhɔr təˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i)

urging to some course of conduct or action; exhorting; encouraging: a hortatory speech.
[1580–90; < Late Latin hortātōrius encouraging =hortā(rī) (see hortative) + -tōrius -tory1]
hor′ta•to`ri•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.hortative - giving strong encouragement
encouraging - giving courage or confidence or hope; "encouraging advances in medical research"


References in periodicals archive ?
The full set of speaker-oriented modality consists of imperative, prohibitive, optative, hortative, admonitive, and permissive.
The underlying tone behind the approach of governments is largely hortative and punitive, within a thinly veiled deficit and victim-blaming mentality.
Judith Pascoe observes that Landon is "more interested in theatrical effect than hortative value.
32) Also, possibly, the hortative subjunctive of the Greek for 'I go': 'let me go
Guan's elaboration turned the submarine metaphor into a hortative and disciplinary discourse aimed at getting maximum productivity out of people.
The situation is similar in Latvian (example 2), where the only formal means used to encode third person imperatives, the hortative particle lai + finite form of the verb, is employed in the interrogative sentence.
Remembering, especially in the hortative sense of commemoration, that is something that is to be done, performed, or fulfilled, calls for stories to be told (songs to be sung, rituals to be performed, plays to be staged, images and monuments to be created).
The set of possible values for particles (PART) includes agentive (agen), connective (con), copulative (cop), hortative (hort), instrumental (ins), locative (loc), question (que) and temporal (temp), cf.