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Definition 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 - [noun denoting tops]

Samples where motive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • we did not understand his motivation
  • he acted with the best of motives

Synonyms for motive in the sense of this definition

(motive is a kind of ...) a feature of the mental life of a living organism

(... is a kind of motive ) a motive for living

"pottery was his life"

(... is a kind of motive ) a motive that can be defended by reasoning or logical argument

(... is a kind of motive ) a motivation that is inconsistent with reason or logic

(... is a kind of motive ) an instinctive motive

"profound religious impulses"

(... is a kind of motive ) motivation based on ideas of right and wrong

(... is a kind of motive ) an actuating force or factor

Definition 2: a design or figure that consists of recurring shapes or colors, as in architecture or decoration - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for motive in the sense of this definition

(motive is a kind of ...) a decorative or artistic work

"the coach had a design on the doors"

Definition 3: a theme that is repeated or elaborated in a piece of music - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for motive in the sense of this definition

(motive is a kind of ...) (music) melodic subject of a musical composition

"the theme is announced in the first measures" "the accompanist picked up the idea and elaborated it"

(... is a kind of motive ) a persistent but subordinate motif

Definition 4: causing or able to cause motion - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where motive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a motive force
  • motive power
  • motor energy

Synonyms for motive in the sense of this definition

(motive is similar to ...) producing an effect

"poverty as a causative factor in crime"

Definition 5: impelling to action - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where motive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it may well be that ethical language has primarily a motivative function
  • motive pleas
  • motivating arguments

Synonyms for motive in the sense of this definition

(motive is similar to ...) producing an effect

"poverty as a causative factor in crime"

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