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Meaning & Definition of Motive in English





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"
  • motivation,
  • motive,
  • need

2. A theme that is repeated or elaborated in a piece of music

  • motif,
  • motive

3. A design or figure that consists of recurring shapes or colors, as in architecture or decoration

  • motif,
  • motive


1. Causing or able to cause motion

  • "A motive force"
  • "Motive power"
  • "Motor energy"
  • motive(a),
  • motor

2. Impelling to action

  • "It may well be that ethical language has primarily a motivative function"- arthur pap
  • "Motive pleas"
  • "Motivating arguments"
  • motivative(a),
  • motive(a),
  • motivating

Examples of using

Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.
What's his motive for committing murder?
What was his motive for doing it?