- disposed to love; amorous.
Origin of amative
1630–40; < Medieval Latin amātīvus, equivalent to amāt(us) (past participle of amāre to love) + -īvus -ive
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Examples from the Web for amative
Phrenology confirms this; for her amative developments are singularly prominent.City Crimes
The amative function is regarded merely as a bait to the propagative, and is merged in it.History of American Socialisms</p>
John Humphrey Noyes
It was a surprise to see these leisurely and luxurious animals spattering the water in such an ecstasy of amative rage.
Nor are many persons sufficiently aware of the ruinous extent to which the amative propensity is indulged by married persons.Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners
He was amative or constructive, and at the same time he not only possessed but liked to exercise lucidity of thought.The French Revolution
- a rare word for amorous
C17: from Medieval Latin amātīvus, from Latin amāre to love
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Word Origin and History for amative
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