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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
“The harmonic and rhythmic tension in this motive is palpable.”
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A motif
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Something that arouses activity or energy in someone or something
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A special effort exerted towards a particular goal
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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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Force
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Determination and ambition to achieve something
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A desire for something
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A strong belief that something will happen or be the case
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The main body of a book or other piece of writing, as distinct from other material such as notes, appendices, and illustrations
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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
Motivate
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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