Call a person sentimental if he or she is led more by emotions than by reason. If you have a sentimental attachment to a favorite stuffed animal, you'll probably even bring it to college with you.

Sentimental describes a person who relies on emotions more than reason, or a novel or film that is overly emotional. Derived from the Latin verb, sentire "to feel," sentimental always implies that the emotions are involved a little too much. If you do something for sentimental reasons, you are only doing it because of an emotional attachment.

Definitions of sentimental
  1. adjective
    given to or marked by sentiment or sentimentality
    given to sympathy or gentleness or sentimentality
  2. adjective
    effusively or insincerely emotional
    sentimental soap operas”
    synonyms: bathetic, drippy, hokey, kitschy, maudlin, mawkish, mushy, sappy, schmaltzy, schmalzy, slushy, soppy, soupy
    of more than usual emotion
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