Definition of Motive. Meaning of Motive. Synonyms of Motive

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Definition of Motive

Motive
Motive Mo"tive, a. Causing motion; having power to move, or tending to move; as, a motive argument; motive power. ``Motive faculty.' --Bp. Wilkins. Motive power (Mach.), a natural agent, as water, steam, wind, electricity, etc., used to impart motion to machinery; a motor; a mover.
Motive
Motive Mo"tive, n. [F. motif, LL. motivum, from motivus moving, fr. L. movere, motum, to move. See Move.] 1. That which moves; a mover. [Obs.] --Shak. 2. That which incites to action; anything prompting or exciting to choise, or moving the will; cause; reason; inducement; object. By motive, I mean the whole of that which moves, excites, or invites the mind to volition, whether that be one thing singly, or many things conjunctively. --J. Edwards. 3. (Mus.) The theme or subject; a leading phrase or passage which is reproduced and varied through the course of a comor a movement; a short figure, or melodic germ, out of which a whole movement is develpoed. See also Leading motive, under Leading. [Written also motivo.] 4. (Fine Arts) That which produces conception, invention, or creation in the mind of the artist in undertaking his subject; the guiding or controlling idea manifested in a work of art, or any part of one. Syn: Incentive; incitement; inducement; reason; spur; stimulus; cause. Usage: Motive, Inducement, Reason. Motive is the word originally used in speaking of that which determines the choice. We call it an inducement when it is attractive in its nature. We call it a reason when it is more immediately addressed to the intellect in the form of argument.
Motive
Motive Mo"tive, v. t. To prompt or incite by a motive or motives; to move.

Meaning of Motive from wikipedia

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- Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) is an American manufacturer of diesel-electric locomotives, locomotive products and diesel engines for the rail industry. The...
- Motive Studios is a Canadian video game development studio owned and operated by Electronic Arts. Founded in July 2015 by Jade Raymond, a former Ubisoft...
- A motive is the cause that moves people to induce a certain action. In criminal law, motive in itself is not an element of any given crime; however, the...
- Motive is a Canadian police procedural drama television series that aired for four seasons on CTV from February 3, 2013, to August 30, 2016. The series...
- "Prophet Motive" is the 62nd episode of the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and is the sixteenth episode of the third season. In the episode...
- In music, a motif (pronunciation) (help·info) (also motive) is a short musical phrase, a salient recurring figure, musical fragment or succession of notes...
- Motive, Inc. (previously known as Motive Communications) was a software manufacturer founded in May 1997 and headquartered in Austin, Texas. On June 17...
- Ulterior Motive may refer to: "Spiral" (Pendulum song), with the song "Ulterior Motive" Ulterior Motive (film), a 2015 Chinese action thriller film...
- murders and returned to Los Angeles where police, unable to determine a motive, questioned him about his wife and friends. On Wednesday, August 13, Tate...
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