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Motive meaning

motive - 8 dictionary results

  1. 1. That which moves; a mover.
  2. 2. That which incites to action; anything prompting or exciting to choise, or moving the will; cause; reason; inducement; object.
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. Causing motion; having power to move, or tending to move; as, a motive argument; motive power.
  6. 6. To prompt or incite by a motive or motives; to move.
  7. 7. causing movement.
  8. 8. Inducement; reason.

motive - examples of usage

  1. At any rate, whatever the motive, Slingsby drew towards the youth. - "Bracebridge Hall, or The Humorists", Washington Irving.
  2. But I know that you will do the best you can, and that you will always act from a good motive. - "A Fearful Responsibility and Other Stories", William D. Howells.
  3. I had no motive, no gain in doing it, and we have been great friends always; but I suppose that can never be again now! - "To-morrow?", Victoria Cross.
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