Meaning of motive
Pronunciation: (mō'tiv), [key]
— n., adj., v., -tived, -tiv•ing.
- something that causes a person to act in a certain way, do a certain thing, etc.; incentive.
- the goal or object of a person's actions: Her motive was revenge.
- (in art, literature, and music) a motif.
- causing, or tending to cause, motion.
- pertaining to motion.
- prompting to action.
- constituting a motive or motives.
- to motivate.
- a combining form ofautomotive.
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