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Noun
The reason, whether conscious or unconscious, for a certain course of action
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“Police have ruled out robbery as a motive for the killing.”
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A motif in art, literature, or music
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“The harmonic and rhythmic tension in this motive is palpable.”
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A motif
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The cause or latent beginning of a feeling, process, or condition
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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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Determination and ambition to achieve something
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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
Verb
Motivate
“We oppose any move which would put a profit motive above the educational mission in the public funding of higher education in Scotland.”
Adjective
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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Showing or characterized by great energy and movement
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