What does motive mean?

motive in AZ Dictionary

(n) An emotion, desire, physiological need, or similar impulse that will act as an incitement to action.
(n) A motif in art, literary works, or songs.
(n) a motivation to do something; a reason for performing some thing; anything that encouraged a range of activity.
(a) Causing or in a position to cause motion: motive energy.
(a) Impelling to activity: motive pleas.
(a) Of or constituting an incitement to activity.
(v) To motivate.
(v) To prompt or incite by a motive or motives; to go.
(v) To prompt or incite by a motive or motives; to maneuver.
Causing motion; having capacity to go somebody or something like that; looking after create movement.
Moving or impelling power in a figurative sense.
what moves, as a locomotive; in railroading, the locomotives collectively of a railroad: because, the super-intendent associated with motive power.

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  • Quotes for "motive"
  • Synonym for "motive"
    • cause, reason, incentive, stimulus, inducement
  • Verb Forms for "motive"
    • motived, motives, motiving
  • Phrases for "motive"
    • ulterior motive, Gilmond's motive, possible motive, Jong-il's motive, motive for
  • Rhyme for "motive"
    • automotive, emotive, locomotive, nonautomotive
  • Hypernym for "motive"
    • figure, pattern, design
  • Cross Reference for "motive"
    • motif, leading motive, motive power
  • Equivalent for "motive"
    • causative
  • Same Context for "motive"
    • feeling, impulse, intention, principle, reason
  • Variant for "motive"
    • leading, motivo
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