motive

motive
/ˈmoʊtɪv / (say 'mohtiv)

noun
1. something that prompts a person to act in a certain way or that determines volition; an incentive.
2. the goal or object of one's actions: his motive was revenge.
3. (in art, literature, and music) a motif.
adjective
4. causing, or tending to cause, motion.
5. relating to motion.
6. prompting to action.
7. constituting a motive or motives.
verb (t) (motived, motiving)
8. to provide with a motive.
9. to motivate.
10. to relate to a motif or a principal theme or idea in a work of art.
{Medieval Latin mōtīvum a moving cause, properly neuter of mōtīvus serving to move, from Latin mōtus, past participle, moved; replacing Middle English motif, from Old French}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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