Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Serving to unite; tending to promote unity.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having the power of uniting; causing or tending to unite; producing or promoting union; harmonizing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Having the power of uniting; causing, or tending to produce, union.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of, causing, or involving unity or union.

Etymologies

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from the Latin word unitivus; see unity

Examples

  • Catholic doctrine already upholds the sanctity of non-procreative, or what it calls "unitive" love in heterosexual marriage.

    Michele Somerville: Marriage Equality In New York: A Moral Triumph

  • I am neither condoning nor condemning world religions or the idea of unitive consciousness, carbon.

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  • 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.

    Marco J. de Vries - An Existential–Spiritual View of the Nature of Man

  • 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.

    Same-sex marriage: back to square one

  • 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.

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • HH''s claim is that condomistic intercourse is not "unitive" in the sense specified and required by the teaching of the Church.

    Archive 2006-05-01

  • HH''s claim is that condomistic intercourse is not "unitive" in the sense specified and required by the teaching of the Church.

    The Catholic condom debate II

  • 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.

    Archive 2006-01-01

  • 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.

    Development and Negation VI: Contraception

  • 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.

    Archive 2005-10-01

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