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KK Pronunciation

〔 ˋmotIv 〕


〔 ˊmoutiv 〕

Overview of noun motive

The noun motive has 3 senses

  • 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")

  • motif, motive -- (a theme that is repeated or elaborated in a piece of music)

  • motif, motive -- (a design or figure that consists of recurring shapes or colors, as in architecture or decoration)

Overview of adj motive

The adj motive has 2 senses

  • motive, motor -- (causing or able to cause motion; "a motive force"; "motive power"; "motor energy")

  • motivative, motive, motivating -- (impelling to action; "it may well be that ethical language has primarily a motivative function"- Arthur Pap; "motive pleas"; "motivating arguments")