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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.


a rare word for amorous
[C17: from Medieval Latin amātīvus, from Latin amāre to love]
ˈamatively adv
ˈamativeness n


(ˈæm ə tɪv)

disposed to love; amorous.
[1630–40; < Medieval Latin]
am′a•tive•ly, adv.
am′a•tive•ness, n.
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"


Feeling or devoted to sexual love or desire:
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.
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.
Ordinary sexual intercourse," he wrote, "in which the amative and propagative functions are confounded is a momentary affair, terminating in exhaustion and disgust.