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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.
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.
Author Frederick Hollick, a British immigrant to the United States, fused physiological reform discourse and male sexual privilege into a "philosophy of amative indulgence" that promised mutually orgasmic heterosexual intercourse as the best remedy for masturbation.