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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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References in classic literature ?
I was prepared to be persuasive, touching, and hortatory, admonitory and expostulating, if need be vituperative even, indignant and sarcastic; but what the devil does a mentor do when the sinner makes no bones about confessing his sin?
Many of the supposed threats to US sovereignty that the Trump administration has cited have been either illusory -- such as a hortatory compact on migration the US pulled out of last year -- or could be easily countered, such as a possible investigation by the International Criminal Court into US actions in Afghanistan.
The last chapter reminds one of the Latin sense of the "hortatory subjunctive"--reiterating what one might take as the major theme of this Guide-, Cahn urges his colleagues to take "Teaching Philosophy Seriously." One of the best pieces of practical advice this reviewer ever received was from the former director of the Teaching Center at Northwestern University; his recommendation was to develop a course syllabus in a manner similar to developing an outline for a scholarly philosophy paper.
In the report he delivered to the National Congress, he mentioned the phrase more than 20 times, emphasizing "the overall goal of comprehensively advancing law-based governance" in order to "build a country of socialist rule of law." Nonetheless, transforming traditional ways of living in China will require more than hortatory rhetoric.
Such texts could therefore fulfil a hortatory and self-reflexive purpose just as readily as they could function as polemical weapons or apologetic instruments.
The organization of poems makes sense: the book begins with an invitation from "Song of the Open Road" ("Camerado, I give you my hand!") and closes with the hortatory "Poets to Come"; in between, Karbiener arranges the poems to create a kind of narrative of Whitman's life, moving from "There Was a Child Went Forth" to "Thanks in Old Age." The editor also offers brief interpretive commentary that situates the poems in Whitman's life, draws out their important themes, or suggests some way the verse might be relevant to Whitman's young readers today.
We also felt that the production 'defended' Jake Zyrus' actions and decisions too much and too long, at times turning it into a subjective and hortatory exercise in self-serving polemics.
The oral traditions of Islam also abound with hortatory stories of hospitality, all of which supposedly are done for God's sake and not for any worldly gain.
The Pentateuch uses two genres of writing predominantly, the historical narrative genre and the legislative genre, with fewer examples of poetry (among smaller songs: Genesis 49, Exodus 15 and Deuteronomy 32 and 33), genealogies (Genesis chapters 5, 10, 11, 25, 36 and 46 among other examples), and hortatory or motivational texts (mostly Deuteronomy chapters 4, 6-11, 2931).
The new bill includes requirements that the agency employ the "best available science" when making decisions on a chemical, but is this language determinative or simply hortatory?
The work also has a somewhat hortatory tone that is made most manifest in the "Foreword" explaining why this book deserves a new life.
In 2002 China and the ASEAN governments did sign a Document on Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea, or DOC But its hortatory spirit and provisions were violated almost from the outset by nearly all six claimants - Brunei, China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam.