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disposed to love; amorous.
Historical Examples

Nor are many persons sufficiently aware of the ruinous extent to which the amative propensity is indulged by married persons.
Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners B.G. Jefferis

It was a surprise to see these leisurely and luxurious animals spattering the water in such an ecstasy of amative rage.
The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 87, January, 1865 Various

Phrenology confirms this; for her amative developments are singularly prominent.
City Crimes Greenhorn

The waiting was tedious, and having been long denied, the amative element could not brook further delay.
The God of His Fathers Jack London

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

The natures of both are alike, and any—the least—exercise of the amative function is an injury to one as to the other.
The Ladies Book of Useful Information Anonymous

The amative function is regarded merely as a bait to the propagative, and is merged in it.
History of American Socialisms John Humphrey Noyes

He shut up the box and with a bang as an amative couple came into sight.
Buried Alive: A Tale of These Days Arnold Bennett

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

a rare word for amorous

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


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