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motive

 
Adjective motive has 2 senses
  1. motive, motor - causing or able to cause motion; "a motive force"; "motive power"; "motor energy"
    Antonyms: noncausative, noncausal (indirect, via causative)
  2. motivative, motive, motivating - impelling to action; "it may well be that ethical language has primarily a motivative function"- Arthur Pap; "motive pleas"; "motivating arguments"
    Antonyms: noncausative, noncausal (indirect, via causative)
Noun motive has 2 senses
  1. motivation, motive, need - 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"
    --1 is a kind of psychological feature
    --1 has particulars:
     life; rational motive; irrational motive; urge, impulse; ethical motive, ethics, morals, morality; psychic energy, mental energy
    Derived form: verb motivate1
  2. motif, motive - a theme that is elaborated on in a piece of music
    --2 is a kind of theme, melodic theme, musical theme, idea
    --2 has particulars: obbligato, obligato
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