Duhaime's Law Dictionary


Love Definition:

An emotional attachment towards another evidenced by kindness, consideration, understanding, patience, sacrifice or sufferance, if necessary, and words and actions.

In the 1958 decision of the Supreme Court of Iowa, Bunger v Bunger, Justice Peterson felt is necessary to enter the forbidden spiritual realm of defining love:

"Love is an emotion evidenced by words and acts. Sometimes acts are more important than words. In order to establish its presence or absence a factual statement of some type is necessary.... The basic acts establishing love are kindness, consideration, understanding, patience, sacrifice or sufferance, if necessary, and certain words and physical acts and demonstrations which constitute evidence of affection between the persons involved."

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