verb (used with object), mo·tived, mo·tiv·ing.
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Origin of motive
synonym study for motive
OTHER WORDS FROM motivemo·tive·less, adjectivemo·tive·less·ly, adverbmo·tive·less·ness, nounwell-motived, adjective
Definition for motive (2 of 2)
How to use motive in a sentence
Marx forecast that the profit motive would lead to overworking and exhausting the fertility of our soil and other natural systems.
I think a misconception everybody has is that I had an ulterior motive.Exclusive: Michael Phelps’s Intersex Self-Proclaimed Girlfriend, Taylor Lianne Chandler, Tells All|Aurora Snow|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Did Michael Brown have a motive to violently attack the officer?
The story remains mysterious, and authorities are not revealing a motive yet.Family's Best Friend Charged With Murdering Them All|Nina Strochlic|November 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Communist-era clerks were famously rude and indifferent, because they had no motive to make people happy.
The voice of the orator peculiarly should be free from studied effects, and responsive to motive.Expressive Voice Culture|Jessie Eldridge Southwick
Not suspecting her motive, he represented the hazard of putting so great an affront on the favourite of the Empress.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
The wish to go to heaven without dying is, as I know, a motive derived from child-life.Children's Ways|James Sully
But her parents, did you never discover any thing about them—who or what they were—the motive of so strange an abandonment?
Whatever was his motive, he persisted in his resolution, and to the end was faithful to his oath.