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noun
any power used to impart motion; any source of mechanical energy.
Railroads. locomotives or other vehicles that supply tractive power.
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Origin of motive power

First recorded in 1615–25
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British Dictionary definitions for motive power

motive power

noun
any source of energy used to produce motion
the means of supplying power to an engine, vehicle, etc
any driving force
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