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1 motive

The psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior:
— He acted with the best of motives.

synonyms: motivation, need.

Roget 620: intent, intention, intentionality; purpose; quo animo [Lat.]; project etc. 626; undertaking etc. 676; predetermination etc. 611; ... show more

Roget 615: motive, springs of action, wellsprings of action.    reason, ground, call, principle; by end, by purpose; mainspring, primum mobile [Lat.], keystone; the why and the wherefore; ... show more

2 motive

A theme that is repeated or elaborated in a piece of music.

synonym: motif.

Dutch: motief, motivatie, onderwerp
Polish: epizod

3 motive

A design or figure that consists of recurring shapes or colors, as in architecture or decoration.

synonym: motif.

Polish: motyw


1 motive

Causing or able to cause motion:
— A motive force.
— Motive power.

synonym: motor.

Roget 264: moving etc. v.; in motion; transitional; motory, motive; shifting, movable, mobile, mercurial, unquiet; restless etc. ... show more

Roget 615: impulsive, motive; suasive, suasory, persuasive, persuasory, hortative, hortatory; protreptical; inviting, tempting, etc. v.; suasive, ... show more

Polish: motorowy

2 motive

Impelling to action:
— Motive pleas.

synonyms: motivating, motivative.

Moby thesaurus: activating, active, actuating, aim, ambition, angle, animating, animus, antecedent, argument, aspiration, attraction, basis, burden, case, causal, causative, cause, chapter, compelling ... show more.

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