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How do you define "love"?

Asked by ebfable (44points) April 26th, 2010

How does one go about defining love? If it exists, it is a really hard thing to describe without subjective thoughts. Is it a chemical process? an artificial emotion procured by man? bound by fate? a search of soul-mates? How exactly do you define love? Why do you define it the way you do? For that matter,what makes “love” real (if you believe so)? Please elaborate, I’m interested to hear what everyone thinks. Thanks.

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Haha's avatar

Love: Having a caring affection towards someone or something.

That’s my definition of love.

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Haha's avatar

Psst. Hey, rangerr? I think she’s asking for your definition of love, not others.

Coloma's avatar

Love, in the truest sense of the word is about giving without expectation of receiving.

Very few people will ever experience the purity of this ‘love.’

rangerr's avatar

Psst. Hey, Haha? The question has already been asked before. Just sayin’.

Haha's avatar

I think we can all see that, but what I’m saying is that you might wanna add in some of your views on the definition of love.

chels's avatar

I literally sat here for 10 minutes trying to figure out the right words, and I still can’t.
But I suppose that’s the best way to explain love. It’s unexplainable, confusing, and completely amazing. It’s what you try so hard to find the words for, but just can’t. You can’t really sum up a feeling such as love.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

When your paid escort gives you her real number. And it really is her number.

chyna's avatar

Contentment with that person.
Complete bliss.
Lighting up when that person walks into the room.
That person lights up when they see you.

jfos's avatar

@Haha I think she’s a he.

LOVE = Lasting Or Very Ephemeral

ucme's avatar

Love is the greatest thing, the oldest & the latest thing….

wundayatta's avatar

Love is when she’s there in the back of your mind, and you pick up the phone to tell her “I love you,” just for the hell of it. Love is going to the couples therapist for three years and counting to try to work on the issues that arise between you. Love is when she stays with you no matter how hard you push her away. Love is bringing up the children, each of you caring in your own ways. Love is always coming home even though you’d rather be anywhere else. Love is thinking back to when you met on the dance floor and you thought her hands had the smoothest skin you ever felt, and they still are.

Love is trying to find a present she likes, even when it seems ridiculous to you. Love is taking care of all the clean up so she can go to yoga. Love is doing taxes. Every year. Even when you are so sick you can’t think. Love is doing your annual checkup on her birthday to show her you are keeping yourself as healthy as you can for her.

Love is so much more. Much more. It is not just those chemicals that make you high when you first “fall” in love. That stuff is a better high than any other drug. That high gets you babies. But love, I think, is what happens way after the babies are born, when things get really tough. That’s the time where love takes on its greatest challenge. That’s where you really know love.

Cruiser's avatar

Love is having the ability to admit and confirm that you feel strongly enough about another person (loved one or pet) to be able to share these feelings you have for them in a secure way that demands little if anything in return.

partyparty's avatar

A feeling of emptiness when you are not with them & butterflies in your stomach when you meet up again.

Haha's avatar

rangerr, you’re just mean. Be more kinder.

deni's avatar

nothing that words can do justice to.

Draconess25's avatar

The willingness to give more than your life for someone. When you know how they feel, even if you haven’t spoken in days. True love is more than saying “I love you”. It’s being able to say that, & everything else without ever opening your mouth. It is the most beautiful & painful thing in existance, & it it always worth it.

mollypop51797's avatar

love: n.
1. a passionate feeling
2. a strong feeling, within the soul, spoken from the heart.

ETpro's avatar

There is the dictionary definition of it, and it’s pretty subjective. It has to be, as love is a feeling, and emotion, not a solid, quantifiable object. I offered this in aother thread today, but it is a good day when I can say this twice.

I am an agnostic, but this Bible verse is a favorite of mine because it expresses so perfectly the true nature of love. 1st Corinthians 4 “Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, 5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails…”

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