verb (used with object), mo·tived, mo·tiv·ing.
- motivation research,
- motivational research,
- motive power,
Origin of motive
Examples from the Web for motive
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.
After all, Iran, Assad, and Hezbollah have the motive and the firepower to fight ISIS.
“People in the Jewish community are entitled to question the motive that lay behind the decision,” said Johnson.London Theater Halts Jewish Film Festival Over Israeli Government Money|Nico Hines|August 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One suspected him to be a leech, but pardoned the motive for the manner.Bohemian Days|Geo. Alfred Townsend
For the motive power of the Plymouth was not furnished by coal.The Boy Allies with the Victorious Fleets|Robert L. Drake
I then believed that I could not only rise superior to my misfortune, but could make that very misfortune the motive of my rise.Basil|Wilkie Collins
Nor was revenge the only motive which led France to cast her lot with the revolted colonies.The Land We Live In|Henry Mann
But each has his motive pardieu, and a sensible motive is mine.Faithful Margaret|Annie Ashmore
Word Origin for 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.)).