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  Definition of motive
  1. the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior; "we did not understand his motivation"; "he acted with the best of motives"
  2. a theme that is elaborated on in a piece of music
Similar Words: motivation, need, motif

 

Hyponyms: life, rational motive, irrational motive, urge, impulse, ethical motive, ethics, morals, morality, psychic energy, mental energy, obbligato, obligato

 

Derivational Morphology: motivate, actuate, propel, move, prompt, incite

 

Language Translations:
Chinese: 动机   Croatian: motiv  
Danish: motiv   Dutch: beweegreden and motief  
Estonian: motiiv   Finnish: motiivi and vaikutin  
French: motif   German: Motiv  
Hungarian: alapok and mozgató   Italian: motivo  
Japanese: 理由 and 動機   Korean: 동기  
Norwegian: motiv   Portuguese: motivo  
Romanian: motiv   Russian: движущий and мотив  
Slovak: motív   Slovene: nagib  
Spanish: motivo   Swedish: motiv  
Turkish: neden  
 
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