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motive meaning and definition

Definition and meaning of motive at MeaningMonkey.org. motive meaning and definition in the English Dictionary.


Definition of motive (noun)

  1. 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
    • "we did not understand his motivation"; "he acted with the best of motives"
    • synonyms: motivation, need
  2. a theme that is repeated or elaborated in a piece of music
  3. a design or figure that consists of recurring shapes or colors, as in architecture or decoration

MOTIVE adjective

Definition of motive (adjective)

  1. causing or able to cause motion
    • "a motive force"; "motive power"; "motor energy"
    • synonyms: motor
  2. impelling to action
    • "it may well be that ethical language has primarily a motivative function"- Arthur Pap; "motive pleas"; "motivating arguments"
    • synonyms: motivating, motivative
Source: Princeton University Wordnet

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