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motives, plural;
  1. Producing physical or mechanical motion
    • - the charge of gas is the motive force for every piston stroke
  2. Causing or being the reason for something
    • - the motive principle of a writer's work
  1. A reason for doing something, esp. one that is hidden or not obvious
    • - a motive for his murder
  2. (in art, literature, or music) A motif
    • - the entire work grows organically from the opening horn motive

  1. motivation: 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. motive(a): causing or able to cause motion; "a motive force"; "motive power"; "motor energy"
  3. motif: a theme that is repeated or elaborated in a piece of music
  4. motivative(a): impelling to action; "it may well be that ethical language has primarily a motivative function"- Arthur Pap; "motive pleas"; "motivating arguments"
  5. motif: a design or figure that consists of recurring shapes or colors, as in architecture or decoration
  6. (motivity) locomotion: the power or ability to move
  7. Motive is the second album from Red Box and was released in 1990.
  8. In algebraic geometry, a motive (or sometimes motif, following French usage) denotes 'some essential part of an algebraic variety'. To date, pure motives have been defined, while conjectural mixed motives have not. ...
  9. In art, a motif is a repeated idea, pattern, image, or theme. Visual motifs are a language to communicate visual ideas. Paisley designs are referred to as motifs. ...
  10. In law, especially criminal law, a motive is the cause that moves people to induce a certain action. ...
  11. In music, a motif or motive is a short musical idea, a salient recurring figure, musical fragment or succession of notes that has some special importance in or is characteristic of a composition. ...
  12. Motive was a West German Sensational Alex Harvey Band LP created from songs off Framed (1972), Next (1973), Tomorrow Belongs to Me (1975), and SAHB Stories (1976). Five of the tunes were plugged on the front cover, with "Sharks Teeth", "St. ...
  13. An incentive to act; a reason for doing something; anything that prompted a choice of action; A motif; a theme or subject, especially one that is central to the work or often repeated; To prompt or incite by a motive or motives; to move; Causing motion; having power to move, or tending to move; ...
  14. (Motives) That which must always be questioned about right-wingers instead of their actual logic and rational arguments. Leftist motives, on the other hand, are always pure, altruistic, and beyond reproach.
  15. (Motives) impulses that drive musicians to certain, usually selfish behavior. Often called ulterior motives.
  16. (Motives) socially acquired needs activated by a desire for their fulfilment.
  17. (motives) (in  counterpoint (music): The Romantic period)
  18. (motives) The impetus or urge causing a person to take some action, that may be a topic for survey research measurement within the broader topic category of "needs."
  19. a short repeated pattern which can be melodic, rhythmic, or both.
  20. A short melodic or rhythmic idea that recurs throughout a musical composition.
  21. discussed in lecture 4, part 1: Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven: Haydn's 104th Symphony.
  22. (Motiv) is the meaning-context of the sequent course of action.
  23. a specific need or desire, such as hunger or achievement, that energizes and directs behavior.
  24. allegedly Christian extremism and anti-abortionism