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- n. The state or quality of being amative; propensity to love or sexual feelings.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The faculty supposed to influence sexual desire; propensity to love.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The propensity to love, or to the gratification of the sexual passions.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the arousal of feelings of sexual desire
"That's it," said Mrs. Gubbins; "they call it number one, sometimes; I suppose amativeness is Latin for number one.
How should she know that his indifference was often a victory over himself, as his amativeness was a defeat?
There may be some doubt whether the function called amativeness is located in the cerebellum at all; at least, it is perfectly certain that amativeness is not the exclusive function of the cerebellum.
They were those of a woman endowed with an abundance of health and energy, eyes that were full of what the old character readers used to call "amativeness," denoting a nature capable of intense passion, whether of love or hate.
Now it happened that while his centre of amativeness was pronounced, it had lain mute and passive during the years he lived on moose and salmon and chased glowing
The world shows that while women have more philoprogenitiveness, men have more amativeness; otherwise the latter would not propose and would nurse the doll and baby.
He had enough of amativeness to give him a proper appreciation of women and the delights of sociability, but his love manifested itself more through the intellect than the passions, and his social nature was of that diffusive character which manifests itself in the formation of popular attachment rather than exclusive friendships.
The perceptive organs, the knowing and reasoning faculties, executive ability and the social organs of amativeness and friendship, particularly the latter, are all bright and particularly well developed.
Unless very badly born, with disordered amativeness, hereditary from a diseased and lustful parentage, they must be perverted and corrupted before they can act immodestly and impurely.
A disciple of Lavater or Gall would have found the bump of amativeness largely developed.