- 1. motivation, motive, need, psychological feature
- usage: 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; "we did not understand his motivation"; "he acted with the best of motives"
- 2. motif, motive, theme, melodic theme, musical theme, idea
- usage: a theme that is repeated or elaborated in a piece of music
- 3. motif, motive, design, pattern, figure
- usage: a design or figure that consists of recurring shapes or colors, as in architecture or decoration
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- 1. motive(prenominal), motor, causative (vs. noncausative)
- usage: causing or able to cause motion; "a motive force"; "motive power"; "motor energy"
- 2. motivative(prenominal), motive(prenominal), motivating, causative (vs. noncausative)
- usage: impelling to action; "it may well be that ethical language has primarily a motivative function"- Arthur Pap; "motive pleas"; "motivating arguments"
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