verb (used with object), mo·tived, mo·tiv·ing.
Words nearby motive
Origin of motive
OTHER WORDS FROM motivemo·tive·less, adjectivemo·tive·less·ly, adverbmo·tive·less·ness, nounwell-mo·tived, adjective
synonym study for motive
Examples from the Web for motiveless
Certainly, in New York, we are too vain of our bustle to realize how mannerless and motiveless it is.
To break off their interview thus sharply seemed to him motiveless.The Man Who Was Good|Leonard Merrick
The occurrences are, to all appearance, motiveless as the events in a feverish dream.Historical Mysteries|Andrew Lang
These impulses are not vile; our moral code does not cry out against them as it does against lust, greed, and motiveless cruelty.The Growth of English Drama|Arnold Wynne
It is also a sign of the stiffening of the resistant "malice," or "motiveless malignity," which opposes creation.The Complex Vision|John Cowper Powys