Definition and Meanings for motive

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Motive is ranked 3,604 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of motive

noun, adjective, transitive verb

Etymology of motive

f. motif, ll. motivum, from motivus moving, fr. l. movere, motum, to move. see move

Meaning of motive


as noun

  • that which moves; a mover.
  • that which incites to action; anything prompting or exciting to choise, or moving the will; cause; reason; inducement; object; motivation{2}.
  • 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.
  • 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.

as adjective

  • causing motion; having power to move, or tending to move; as, a motive argument; motive power.

as transitive verb

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