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Meaning of motive

mo•tive

Pronunciation: (mō'tiv), [key]
— n., adj., v., -tived, -tiv•ing.
—n.
  1. something that causes a person to act in a certain way, do a certain thing, etc.; incentive.
  2. the goal or object of a person's actions: Her motive was revenge.
  3. (in art, literature, and music) a motif.
—adj.
  1. causing, or tending to cause, motion.
  2. pertaining to motion.
  3. prompting to action.
  4. constituting a motive or motives.
—v.t.
  1. to motivate.

-motive

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a combining form ofautomotive.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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