[ 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 formsam·a·tive·ly, adverbam·a·tive·ness, nounun·am·a·tive, adjectiveun·am·a·tive·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for amative


/ (ˈæmətɪv) /


a rare word for amorous
Derived Formsamatively, adverbamativeness, noun

Word Origin for amative

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.

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