OTHER WORDS FOR motive
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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What does motive mean?
A motive is something that causes a person to act in a certain way, as in Luciana’s motive for studying was the F she got on the last exam.
A motive can also be the reward or benefit received for completing an action in a certain way or time, as in Yosef’s motive for signing up for the hike was to climb to the top of the mountain.
Motive can also describe something as relating to motion or movement, such as a motive engine. A common misuse of this form is auto motive. The term automotive comes from the term, but it is a standalone word, not a phrase.
Example: We need to identify a motive before we can continue investigating.
Where does motive come from?
The first records of the term motive come from the 1300s. It ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin mōtīvus, meaning “serving to move.” A motive serves to move something through motivation.
Motive is often used in criminal justice and crime drama, where the reason a crime has been committed is believed to help determine who committed the crime. A common trope in crime drama is the ulterior motive, that is, a hidden or secret motive. People are sometimes said to have ulterior motives when they do something nice or unexpected of them, even if it is bad, in order to gain some benefit that is hidden from view. We prefer to think if someone does something nice for us, their only motive is being nice.
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What are some other forms related to motive?
- motiveless (adjective)
- motivelessly (adverb)
- motivelessness (noun)
- well-motived (adjective)
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How is motive used in real life?
Motive is used in a variety of circumstances, from serious to casual.
Money shouldn't be the motive
— Nash Grier (@Nashgrier) May 26, 2016
It's unfortunate that we live in a generation where people think there's either a motive behind a relationship or too good to be true
— Catherine McBroom (@CatherinePaiz) May 20, 2016
I have to admit, my positive tweets have an ulterior motive. Sure they make you feel better but also (darts a glance side to side) they make me feel better too!
— Travis McElroy, The Internet's Best Friend (@travismcelroy) December 5, 2017
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How to use motive in a sentence
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
That’s okay if you don’t have the right motives or anything significant to add value for your audience.How to use trending keywords from current events in content marketing|Gregg Schwartz|July 23, 2020|Search Engine Watch
Marx forecast that the profit motive would lead to overworking and exhausting the fertility of our soil and other natural systems.American Democracy Under Threat for 250 Years|Jedediah Purdy|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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?There’s No Conspiracy in Ferguson’s Secret Jury|Paul Callan|November 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.Why Your Waiter Hates You|Jedediah Purdy|October 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.