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Definition of Motive

Motive

  1. That which moves; a mover.
  2. That which incites to action; anything prompting or exciting to choise, or moving the will; cause; reason; inducement; object.
  3. The theme or subject; a leading phrase or passage which is reproduced and varied through the course of a comor a movement; a short figure, or melodic germ, out of which a whole movement is develpoed. See also Leading motive, under Leading.
  4. That which produces conception, invention, or creation in the mind of the artist in undertaking his subject; the guiding or controlling idea manifested in a work of art, or any part of one.
  5. Causing motion; having power to move, or tending to move; as, a motive argument; motive power.
  6. To prompt or incite by a motive or motives; to move.

Motive Quotations

It's not our job to play judge and jury, to determine who is worthy of our kindness and who is not. We just need to be kind, unconditionally and without ulterior motive, even - or rather, especially - when we'd prefer not to be.
Josh Radnor

We want deeper sincerity of motive, a greater courage in speech and earnestness in action.
Sarojini Naidu

The people, and the people alone, are the motive force in the making of world history.
Mao Zedong

Cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside of itself; it only requires opportunity.
George Eliot

Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.
Eric Hoffer
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Motive Translations

motive in Dutch is aanleiding
motive in Finnish is vaikutin
motive in French is occasion, lieu, motif
motive in German is Beweggrund, Motiv
motive in Italian is motivo
motive in Latin is causa
motive in Portuguese is motriz
motive in Spanish is motivo, lugar