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motive meaning

[ 'məutiv ]   Pronunciation:
Synonyms of "motive""motive" in a sentence
  • Noun: motive  mowtiv
    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 behaviour
      "he acted with the best of motives"
      - motivation, need 
    2. A theme that is repeated or elaborated in a piece of music
      - motif 
    3. A design or figure that consists of recurring shapes or colours, as in architecture or decoration
      - motif
    Adjective: motive  mowtiv
    1. Causing or able to cause motion
      "a motive force"; "motive power"
      - motor 
    2. Impelling to action
      "motive pleas"
      - motivative, motivating

    Derived forms: motives

    See also: causative, motivate, motivity

    Type of: design, figure, idea, melodic theme, musical theme, pattern, psychological feature, theme

    Encyclopedia: Motive Motive, Inc

  • [Law]
    n. The purpose behind a course of action. Motive is not normally relevant in deciding guilt or innocence (for example, killing to save someone from suffering is still murder or manslaughter), although it may be of some relevance in the crime of Iibel. Nor is a bad motive relevant in deciding legal guilt. However, a good motive may be invoked as a reason for mitigating a punishment upon conviction, and a bad motive may provide circumstantial evidence that the defendant committed the crime he is charged with.

  • [Medicine]
    n : something (as a need or desire) that causes a person to act
  • Nothing could induce him to name a motive.
  • He had some motive in telling this fable.
  • He did n't say these words without a motive ..
  • She felt so free from ulterior motives.
  • What makes life dreary is the want of motive.
  • Some, however, discerned other motives.
  • Somehow he had sensed the general's motive.
  • What motives impelled him to do so ?
  • Somehow he had sensed the general's motive.
  • Her mother, she admitted, had another motive.
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