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Noun
The reasons or motivations for a fact, action, or decision, especially the complete set of such reasons or motivations
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Plural for 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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Plural for 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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Plural for 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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Plural for a theme or concept in art or literature
“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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Plural for 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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Plural for the cause or latent beginning of a feeling, process, or condition
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Plural for desire
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Plural for a feeling of great enthusiasm and eagerness
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Plural for a sudden strong and unreflective urge or desire to act
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Plural for drive
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Plural for the words or wording of a book or other piece of writing, or the idea(s) conveyed from them
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Plural for a strong belief that something will happen or be the case
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Plural for a thing that makes one feel more energetic or cheerful
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Plural for that which must be done out of principle
Verb
To prompt or incite by a motive or motives
“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.”
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