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    motive

    motive - Dictionary definition and meaning for word motive

    Definition
    (noun) the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior
    Synonyms : motivation , need
    Example Sentence
    • we did not understand his motivation
    • he acted with the best of motives
    Definition
    (noun) a theme that is repeated or elaborated in a piece of music
    Synonyms : motif
    Definition
    (noun) a design or figure that consists of recurring shapes or colors, as in architecture or decoration
    Synonyms : motif
    Definition
    (adj) causing or able to cause motion
    Synonyms : motor
    Example Sentence
    • a motive force
    • motive power
    • motor energy
    Definition
    (adj) impelling to action
    Synonyms : motivating , motivative
    Example Sentence
    • it may well be that ethical language has primarily a motivative function
    • motive pleas
    • motivating arguments
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