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