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Marked by exhortation or strong urging: a hortatory speech.

[Late Latin hortātōrius, from Latin hortātus, exhorted; see hortative.]
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(ˈhɔːtətərɪ; -trɪ) or


tending to exhort; encouraging
[C16: from Late Latin hortātōrius, from Latin hortārī to exhort]
horˈtation n
ˈhortatorily, ˈhortatively adv
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(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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.hortatory - giving strong encouragement
encouraging - giving courage or confidence or hope; "encouraging advances in medical research"
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