amative adj : inclined toward or displaying love; "feeling amorous" [syn: amorous]
EtymologyFrom amativus, from amatus, past participle of amare.
- 1898 : His amative enthusiasm, at which he is himself laughing, and his clever, imaginative, humorous ways, contrast strongly with the sincere tenderness and dignified quietness of the woman. : George Bernard Shaw, The Philanderer
- 1988 : His endearments were not amative or effete, but manly like Churchill's, and gave one a sense of being singled out, of having value. - Alan Hollinghurst, The Swimming Pool Library, (Penguin Books, paperback edition, 97)