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[am-uh-tiv] /ˈæm ə tɪv/
disposed to love; amorous.
Origin of amative
1630-40; < Medieval Latin amātīvus, equivalent to amāt(us) (past participle of amāre to love) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
amatively, adverb
amativeness, noun
unamative, adjective
unamatively, adverb Unabridged
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  • Phrenology confirms this; for her amative developments are singularly prominent.

    City Crimes Greenhorn
  • The amative function is regarded merely as a bait to the propagative, and is merged in it.

    History of American Socialisms

    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.

  • He was amative or constructive, and at the same time he not only possessed but liked to exercise lucidity of thought.

    The French Revolution Hilaire Belloc
  • The waiting was tedious, and having been long denied, the amative element could not brook further delay.

  • The natures of both are alike, and any—the least—exercise of the amative function is an injury to one as to the other.

  • Bending low until his mouth touched hers, he kissed her until her face glowed under the ardor of his amative caress.

    The Mask

    Arthur Hornblow
  • He shut up the box and with a bang as an amative couple came into sight.

British Dictionary definitions for amative


a rare word for amorous
Derived Forms
amatively, adverb
amativeness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin amātīvus, from Latin amāre to love
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Word Origin and History for amative

1630s, "pertaining to love," from Latin amat-, past participle stem of amare "to love" (see Amy) + -ive.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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