from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Implying obligation.
- In botany, same as obligate: applied to parasites and saprophytes. See obligate and obligate parasite, under parasite.
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Whether you feel that Halacha has any obligative force or not, one who conforms their conduct to Halacha in more respects than another *is* more “observant” than that other.
Few human beings can be described either as “obligative” heterosexuals or “obligative” homosexuals, that is, as individuals for whom any deviation from the pattern of exclusive heterosexuality or exclusive homosexuality is suppressed by powerful innate drives.
Despite their enthusiasm for male lovers, the men of ancient Greece were not obligative homosexuals.
Mode, definition of; indicative; infinitive; imperative; obligative, footnote; participal; potential, of; subjunctive.