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Noun
The motivation or spur, whether conscious or unconscious, for a certain course of action
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“What was the motive for the crime? It was not the business of the prosecution to suggest one.”
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The reason or grounds for a certain course of action
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“The motive given for the so-called revival of the law cannot be accepted.”
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The purpose or goal for which something is intended
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“Was the photograph deliberately manipulated to mislead people? What was the motive for creating this photograph?”
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A theme or concept in art or literature
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“The sequence of portrayed actions, described by Barthes as the proairetic code, is the medium through which those enigmas are presented and resolved. This code is the outward form of the story's motive.”
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A design or pattern, such as in architecture, fine arts, or music
“This is the predominant trichord of most sets and functions as a signature motive.”
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The cause or latent beginning of a feeling, process, or condition
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Drive or ambition in achieving one's goals
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Lechery, lustfulness, the state of being libidinous
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A feeling of great enthusiasm and eagerness
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A sudden strong and unreflective urge or desire to act
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The words or wording of a book or other piece of writing, or the idea(s) conveyed from them
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A strong belief that something will happen or be the case
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A thing that makes one feel more energetic or cheerful
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That which must be done out of principle
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Verb
To prompt or incite by a motive or motives
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“You wish to motive him to improve his classroom behavior. So, you approach him during an unstructured break and make a special deal with him.”
Adjective
Producing physical or mechanical motion
“Wind turbines, also known as wind mills, use the wind as their motive force.”
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Showing or characterized by great energy and movement
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