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Definition of Motive

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something that causes a person to act, cause, incentive, purpose, intention; motif
of motion, of reason or cause; inspiring to action
Motive Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
English-Latin Online Dictionary
causa
Motive Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(v. t.)
To prompt or incite by a motive or motives; to move.
  
(n.)
The theme or subject; a leading phrase or passage which is reproduced and varied through the course of a comor a movement; a short figure, or melodic germ, out of which a whole movement is develpoed. See also Leading motive, under Leading.
  
(n.)
That which produces conception, invention, or creation in the mind of the artist in undertaking his subject; the guiding or controlling idea manifested in a work of art, or any part of one.
  
(n.)
That which moves; a mover.
  
(n.)
That which incites to action; anything prompting or exciting to choise, or moving the will; cause; reason; inducement; object.
  
(a.)
Causing motion; having power to move, or tending to move; as, a motive argument; motive power.
  
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motive
\mo"tive\, a. causing motion; having power to move, or tending to move; as, a motive argument; motive power. "motive faculty." wilkins.
motive
power (mach.), a natural agent, as water, steam, wind, electricity, etc., used to impart motion to machinery; a motor; a mover.
motive
\mo"tive\ (?), n. [f. motif, ll. motivum, from motivus moving, fr. l. movere, motum, to move. see move.]
1. that which moves; a mover. [obs.]
2. that which incites to action; anything prompting or exciting to choise, or moving the will; cause; reason; inducement; object. by motive, i mean the whole of that which moves, excites, or invites the mind to volition, whether that be one thing singly, or many things conjunctively. edwards.
3. (mus.) the theme or subject; a leading phrase or passage which is reproduced and varied through the course of a comor a movement; a short figure, or melodic germ, out of which a whole movement is develpoed. see also leading motive, under leading. [written also motivo.]
4. (fine arts) that which produces conception, invention, or creation in the mind of the artist in undertaking his subject; the guiding or controlling idea manifested in a work of art, or any part of one.


  similar words(6) 



 rational motive 
 motive power 
 irrational motive 
 electro-motive 
 electro-motive force 
 leading motive 
JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
Achlysur = n. m. cause, motive; occasion, opportunity
Echlys = n. motive; occasion
Echlysur = n. cause, motive
Shakespeare Words
one who moves; That which moves
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. 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"
(synonym) motivation, need
(hypernym) psychological feature
(hyponym) life
(derivation) motivate, actuate, propel, move, prompt, incite
2. a theme that is elaborated on in a piece of music
(synonym) motif
(hypernym) theme, melodic theme, musical theme, idea
(hyponym) obbligato, obligato

Adjective
1. causing or able to cause motion; "a motive force"; "motive power"; "motor energy"
(synonym) motive(a), motor
(similar) causative
2. impelling to action; "it may well be that ethical language has primarily a motivative function"- Arthur Pap; "motive pleas"; "motivating arguments"
(synonym) motivative(a), motive(a), motivating
(similar) causative
Motive Definition from Business & Finance Dictionaries & Glossaries
MONASH Marketing Dictionary
an inner state directing a person towards the satisfaction of a need. See Learning Process.
2004 (c) Copyright & Reprint Courtesy of the Dept. of Marketing, Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University; edited by Mr. Don Bradmore.
Motive Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
Motive may refer to:

Criminal law
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Motive Definition from Law Dictionaries & Glossaries
The 'Lectric Law Library
The inducement, cause or reason why a thing is done.

When there is such a mistake in the motive, that had the truth been known, the contract would pot have been made, it is generally void., For example, if a man should, after the death of Titius, of which he was ignorant, insure his life, the error of the motive would avoid the contract. Or, if Titius should sell to Livius his horse, which both parties supposed to be living at some distance from the place where the contract was made, when in fact, the horse was then dead, the contract would be void. When the contract is entered into under circumstances of clear mistake or surprise, it will not be enforced.

The motive of prosecutions is frequently an object of inquiry, particularly when the prosecutor is a witness, and in his case, as that of any other witness, when the motion is ascertained to be bad, as a desire of revenge for a real or supposed injury, the credibility of the witness will be much weakened, though this will not alone render him incompetent.
   

This entry contains material from Bouvier's Legal Dictionary, a work published in the 1850's.
Courtesy of the 'Lectric Law Library.
Motive Definition from Society & Culture Dictionaries & Glossaries
Social Work in Canada
A specific need or desire, such as hunger or achievement, that energizes and directs behavior.
Motive Definition from Entertainment & Music Dictionaries & Glossaries
Basic Music Glossary
a short, distinctive musical pattern used by composers as a building block
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