Dictionary Results for motive


1. motive - noun

· 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"

Synonym(s): motivation, need

Hypernym(s): psychological_feature




2. motive - noun

· a theme that is repeated or elaborated in a piece of music

Synonym(s): motif

Hypernym(s): theme, melodic_theme, musical_theme, idea




3. motive - noun

· a design or figure that consists of recurring shapes or colors, as in architecture or decoration

Synonym(s): motif

Hypernym(s): design, pattern, figure




4. motive - adjective

· causing or able to cause motion; "a motive force"; "motive power"; "motor energy"

Synonym(s): motor




5. motive - adjective

· impelling to action; "it may well be that ethical language has primarily a motivative function"- Arthur Pap; "motive pleas"; "motivating arguments"

Synonym(s): motivative, motivating





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