But with a history of arrests, abuse and mental healthy problems, there was apparently no motive.
The police have yet to reveal the motive behind the attack or the name of the shooter.
“A man with no motive is a man no one suspects,” says Baelish.
The motive must have had something to do with the age of most of the victims.
Manslaughter, or killing without a motive, carries a lighter sentence.
I could not see your object, but I was sure you had a motive.
A few years ago the motive power for most manufactures was steam.
Here lies one motive why Ulysses must go to the palace and test Penelope.
The motive for the westernizing policy is to get influence in European politics.
It would not do for your brother to vanish from your house, alone and with no motive.
mid-14c., "something brought forward," from Old French motif "will, drive, motivation," noun use of adjective, literally "moving," from Medieval Latin motivus "moving, impelling," from Latin motus "a moving, motion," past participle of movere "to move" (see move (v.)). Meaning "that which inwardly moves a person to behave a certain way" is from early 15c.
late 14c., from Old French motif "moving" or directly from Medieval Latin motivus "moving, impelling," from past participle stem of movere "to move" (see move (v.)).
motive mo·tive (mō'tĭv)
An emotion, desire, physiological need, or similar impulse that acts as an incitement to action. Also called learned drive. adj.
Causing or able to cause motion.