verb (used with object), mo·tived, mo·tiv·ing.
Origin of 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
British Dictionary definitions for motiveless
Word Origin for motive
Word Origin and History for motiveless (1 of 3)
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.
Word Origin and History for motiveless (2 of 3)
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.)).