noun. ['ˈmoʊtɪv'] 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.
- mental energy
- rational motive
- irrational motive
- ethical motive
- psychic energy
- psychological feature
Words that Rhyme with Motive
Example sentences of the word motive
1. Noun, singular or mass
Funding college for your kids has long been a motive for tapping into home equity.
Quotes containing the word motive
1. That was the funniest thing I'd heard in days.You're kidding, right? PLEASE tell me you have a stronger motive for me than 'fair is fair.' Life isn't FAIR, Dean....Nothing is fair, EVER. That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard. I need to help you because FAIR IS FAIR? Try, 'I need you to help me so I won't rip out your spine and beat you with it.' I MIGHT respond to that. MAYBE.
- James Patterson, School's Out—Forever
2. The motive behind criticism often determines its validity. Those who care criticize where necessary. Those who envy criticize the moment they think that they have found a weak spot.
- Criss Jami, Killosophy
3. Never question another man's motive. His wisdom, yes, but not his motives.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
adjective. ['ˈmoʊtɪv'] causing or able to cause motion.
adjective. ['ˈmoʊtɪv'] impelling to action.
noun. ['ˈmoʊtɪv'] a design or figure that consists of recurring shapes or colors, as in architecture or decoration.
noun. ['ˈmoʊtɪv'] a theme that is repeated or elaborated in a piece of music.
- musical theme