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Synonyms for motive

Synonyms for (noun) motive

Synonyms: need, motivation, motive Definition: 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 Usage: we did not understand his motivation; he acted with the best of motives

Similar words: psychological feature Definition: a feature of the mental life of a living organism

Synonyms: motif, motive Definition: a design or figure that consists of recurring shapes or colors, as in architecture or decoration

Similar words: design, figure, pattern Definition: a decorative or artistic work Usage: the coach had a design on the doors

Synonyms: motif, motive Definition: a theme that is repeated or elaborated in a piece of music

Similar words: theme, melodic theme, idea, musical theme Definition: (music) melodic subject of a musical composition Usage: the theme is announced in the first measures; the accompanist picked up the idea and elaborated it

Synonyms for (adjective) motive

Synonyms: motivating, motivative, motive Definition: impelling to action Usage: it may well be that ethical language has primarily a motivative function- Arthur Pap; motive pleas; motivating arguments

Similar words: causative Definition: producing an effect Usage: poverty as a causative factor in crime

Synonyms: motive, motor Definition: causing or able to cause motion Usage: a motive force; motive power; motor energy

Similar words: causative Definition: producing an effect Usage: poverty as a causative factor in crime