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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

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

There are a lot of people who are doing wonderful things, quietly, with no motive of greed, or hostility toward other people, or delusions of superiority.
Charles Kuralt

Every action needs to be prompted by a motive.
Leonardo da Vinci

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

I've been pretty good at reading people. If you rockin' with me cause you're just a solid individual, then we're rockin'. But if you got a motive or something, I am going to probably see right through that.
Marshawn Lynch
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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
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