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Relating to or inclined toward love, especially sexual love; amorous.

[Medieval Latin amātīvus, capable of love, from amātus, past participle of Latin amāre, to love.]

am′a·tive·ly adv.
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a rare word for amorous
[C17: from Medieval Latin amātīvus, from Latin amāre to love]
ˈamatively adv
ˈamativeness n
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(ˈæm ə tɪv)

disposed to love; amorous.
[1630–40; < Medieval Latin]
am′a•tive•ly, adv.
am′a•tive•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.amative - inclined toward or displaying loveamative - inclined toward or displaying love; "feeling amorous"
loving - feeling or showing love and affection; "loving parents"; "loving glances"
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Feeling or devoted to sexual love or desire:
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References in classic literature ?
For that matter, though not amative to any considerable degree so far as I have discovered, I was never outside the atmosphere of women until now.
It is to the development, identification, and general prevalence of that fervid comradeship, (the adhesive love, at least rivaling the amative love hitherto possessing imaginative literature, if not going beyond it,) that I look for the counterbalance and offset of our materialistic and vulgar American democracy, and for the spiritualization thereof.
(One or two long words usually seed these reversal phrase pairs, which helps to explain the high proportion of long words in his palindromes.) He was given a trove of such reversal phrase pairs by Leigh Mercer, to which he added others of his own discovery, and in the February, 1969 issue of Word Ways he offered readers a sampling of this collection, such items as "la dolce vita // amative clod," etc.
[3.] Bandhyopadhyay, D., Yugandhar and Amative Mukherjee, 2002.
(7) The heads Voc(ative) and Excl(amative) are occupied by vocative and exclamative particles.
The earlier phase had its leading figure in Percy Lubbock, who had been the recipient of some of James's most "amative" and explicit letters, in which James "took enormous vicarious interest in Lubbock's clandestine adventures" (85).
Fearing that her tones had been forgotten by the town she never forsook, and wondering just how I might interest the rantipole youths and roistering blades of Davenport in their native daughter, I took to decorating the men's rooms of that fair city with obscene graffiti about Octave's amative practices.