from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Relating to or inclined toward love, especially sexual love; amorous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pertaining to love; amorous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Full of love; amatory.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Full of love; amorous; amatory; disposed or disposing to love.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. inclined toward or displaying love


Medieval Latin amātīvus, capable of love, from amātus, past participle of Latin amāre, to love.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin amātīvus, from Latin amātus, perfect passive participle of amō ("love"). (Wiktionary)



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