amativeness

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amativeness

An obsolete term for the tendency to love—i.e., amorousness.
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Ordinary sexual intercourse," he wrote, "in which the amative and propagative functions are confounded is a momentary affair, terminating in exhaustion and disgust.
In his well-known "Song of Myself," he writes, "Welcome is every organ and attribute of me"; and in a much later poem called "Mediums," he describes who shall be "alimentive, amative, perceptive.
Contrary to many theologians who considered reproduction the sole justification for sexual activity, Noyes distinguished the procreative and amative functions of sex.