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The reason, whether conscious or unconscious, for a certain course of action
“Police have ruled out robbery as a motive for the killing.”
A motif in art, literature, or music
“The harmonic and rhythmic tension in this motive is palpable.”
A motif
“… decorated with a paisley motive.”
Producing physical or mechanical motion
“Horses continued to provide the main motive force for commercial uses of the plateau such as grazing until the recent past.”
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