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
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But, Google’s oblique communication about this change has left the door open for skepticism about its motives.Google’s search terms move will make millions in ad spend invisible to advertisers|Ginny Marvin|September 3, 2020|Search Engine Land
Changing the name scheme of modern math might imply a change in motive force, but if that change discouraged some people, it might welcome others in.Why Mathematicians Should Stop Naming Things After Each Other - Issue 89: The Dark Side|Laura Ball|September 2, 2020|Nautilus
There are those who try to cloak their motives in the trappings of science by claiming they are taking the scientific posture of doubt.How Pseudoscientists Get Away With It - Facts So Romantic|Stuart Firestein|August 28, 2020|Nautilus
Poets, detectives, and lawyers have long sifted through people’s language for clues to look for their motives and inner truths.Machines can spot mental health issues—if you hand over your personal data|Bobbie Johnson|August 13, 2020|MIT Technology Review
A national or global news story breaks, new keywords start trending immediately, and the first thing you think is…If the answer was “Ooo I can use this”, then you may not have the best motives for adding that current event to your content marketing.How to use trending keywords from current events in content marketing|Gregg Schwartz|July 23, 2020|Search Engine Watch
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