from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Serving to unite; tending to promote unity.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of, causing, or involving unity or union.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having the power of uniting; causing, or tending to produce, union.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the power of uniting; causing or tending to unite; producing or promoting union; harmonizing.
Catholic doctrine already upholds the sanctity of non-procreative, or what it calls "unitive" love in heterosexual marriage.
The peak experience is one instance of transcendental states of consciousness being variously described as unitive consciousness, universal awareness, cosmic consciousness, ground of being, or spiritual consciousness Lajoie and Shapiro, J.
I am neither condoning nor condemning world religions or the idea of unitive consciousness, carbon.
What such sources do is present arguments, based on Scripture, Tradition, and natural law, that the "unitive" significance of sexual intercourse cannot be had without procreative significance.
Pope Paul had famously said that the purpose of the conjugal act is both "unitive" and "procreative," noting that each, rightly pursued, facilitates the other.
HH''s claim is that condomistic intercourse is not "unitive" in the sense specified and required by the teaching of the Church.
Imposed on one's spouse's in face of her or his serious reluctance, it is not a true act of love; therefore, it lacks the "unitive" dimension that must be present if it is to be morally acceptable.
It is called the "unitive" way because it is by love that the soul is united to God, and the more perfect the charity, the closer and more intimate is the union.
Note the emphasis laid upon it by Wordsworth, who indicates self-knowledge as the mark of those who have attained the "unitive" stage; see p. 66 above.
-- If any of our readers are desirous of looking into the _rationale_ of irrationality, to employ a highly 'unitive' phrase, let them take up, if they can command it, the
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