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.
A theme that is repeated or elaborated in a piece of music.
Dutch: motief, motivatie, onderwerp
A design or figure that consists of recurring shapes or colors, as in architecture or decoration.
Causing or able to cause motion:
— A motive force.
— Motive power.
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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