What does motive mean?

Definitions for motive
ˈmoʊ tɪvmo·tive

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word motive.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. motivation, motive, need(noun)

    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

    "we did not understand his motivation"; "he acted with the best of motives"

  2. motif, motive(noun)

    a theme that is repeated or elaborated in a piece of music

  3. motif, motive(adj)

    a design or figure that consists of recurring shapes or colors, as in architecture or decoration

  4. motive(a), motor(adj)

    causing or able to cause motion

    "a motive force"; "motive power"; "motor energy"

  5. motivative(a), motive(a), motivating(adj)

    impelling to action

    "it may well be that ethical language has primarily a motivative function"- Arthur Pap; "motive pleas"; "motivating arguments"

Wiktionary

  1. motive(Noun)

    An incentive to act; a reason for doing something; anything that prompted a choice of action.

  2. motive(Noun)

    A motif; a theme or subject, especially one that is central to the work or often repeated.

    If you listen carefully, you can hear the flutes mimicking the cello motive.

  3. motive(Verb)

    To prompt or incite by a motive or motives; to move.

  4. motive(Adjective)

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

  5. motive(Adjective)

    Relating to motion and/or to its cause

Webster Dictionary

  1. Motive(noun)

    that which moves; a mover

  2. Motive(noun)

    that which incites to action; anything prompting or exciting to choise, or moving the will; cause; reason; inducement; object

  3. Motive(noun)

    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

  4. Motive(noun)

    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

  5. Motive(adj)

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

  6. Motive(verb)

    to prompt or incite by a motive or motives; to move

Freebase

  1. Motive

    A motive, in law, especially criminal law, is the cause that moves people to induce a certain action. Motive, in itself, is not an element of any given crime; however, the legal system typically allows motive to be proven in order to make plausible the accused's reasons for committing a crime, at least when those motives may be obscure or hard to identify with. The law technically distinguishes between motive and intent. "Intent" in criminal law is synonymous with mens rea, which means no more than the specific mental purpose to perform a deed that is forbidden by a criminal statute, or the reckless disregard of whether the law will be violated. "Motive" describes instead the reasons in the accused's background and station in life that are supposed to have induced the crime. Motive is particularly important in prosecutions for homicide. First, murder is so drastic a crime that most people recoil from the thought of being able to do it; proof of motive explains why the accused did so desperate an act. Moreover, most common law jurisdictions have statutes that provide for degrees of homicide, based in part on the accused's mental state. The lesser offence of voluntary manslaughter, for example, traditionally required that the accused knowingly and voluntarily kill the victim; in addition, it must be shown that the killing took place in the "sudden heat of passion," an excess of rage or anger coming from a contemporary provocation, which clouded the accused's judgment. Homicides motivated by such factors are a lesser offense than murder "in cold blood."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Motive

    mō′tiv, adj. causing motion: having power to cause motion.—n. that which moves or excites to action: inducement: reason.—v.t. to act on as a motive, instigate.—v.t. Mō′tivāte, to act on as a motive, induce.—n. Motivā′tion.—adj. Mōtiveless.—ns. Mō′tivelessness; Mō′tive-power, or -force, the force acting upon a body so as to cause it to move; Motiv′ity, power of producing motion: the quality of being influenced by motion. [Fr., through Low L., from movēre, mōtum to move.]

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'motive' in Nouns Frequency: #1796

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of motive in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of motive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of motive in a Sentence

  1. Herbert Hoover:

    America - a great social and economic experiment, noble in motive and far-reaching in purpose.

  2. Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze:

    We have no known predatory sexual offender information on him or anything like that, we have no known motive. We are at a loss as to why this happened at this time.

  3. Francis Cardinal George, OMI:

    God makes us a new creation in Christ, forgiving our sins and forming us into the Church. The purpose of evangelizing is to make Jesus Christ known and to invite people to be part of the company of his disciples in the Church. The motive of evangelizing is gratitude for what Christ has given us. The method of evangelizing entails our own personal renewal in the faith and in living Christ’s life in his body, the Church.

  4. Prime Minister Scott Morrison:

    It's a pretty honest question, with an honest intent and an honest motive. And I'm seeing more and more support for that position.

  5. Nebojsa Stefanovic:

    Jealousy could be a motive, he was a quiet man; he had no criminal record.

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