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motive

4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Motive \Mo"tive\, adjective Causing motion; having power to move, or tending to move; as, a motive argument; motive power. "Motive faculty." --Bp. Wilkins.

{Motive power} (Mach.), a natural agent, as water, steam, wind, electricity, etc., used to impart motion to machinery; a motor; a mover.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Motive \Mo"tive\, noun [F. motif, LL. motivum, from motivus moving, fr. L. movere, motum, to move. See {Move}.]

1. That which moves; a mover. [Obs.] --Shak.

2. That which incites to action; anything prompting or exciting to choise, or moving the will; cause; reason; inducement; object; motivation[2].

By motive, I mean the whole of that which moves, excites, or invites the mind to volition, whether that be one thing singly, or many things conjunctively. --J. Edwards.

3. (Mus.) 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}. [Written also {motivo}.]

4. (Fine Arts) 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.

Syn: Incentive; incitement; inducement; reason; spur; stimulus; cause.

Usage: {Motive}, {Inducement}, {Reason}. Motive is the word originally used in speaking of that which determines the choice. We call it an inducement when it is attractive in its nature. We call it a reason when it is more immediately addressed to the intellect in the form of argument.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Motive \Mo"tive\, verb (used with an object) To prompt or incite by a motive or motives; to move.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

motive

adjective

1: causing or able to cause motion; "a motive force"; "motive power"; "motor energy" [syn: {motive(a)}, {motor}]

2: impelling to action; "it may well be that ethical language has primarily a motivative function"- Arthur Pap; "motive pleas"; "motivating arguments" [syn: {motivative(a)}, {motive(a)}, {motivating}]

noun

1: 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" [syn: {motivation}, {motive}, {need}]

2: a theme that is repeated or elaborated in a piece of music [syn: {motif}, {motive}]

3: a design or figure that consists of recurring shapes or colors, as in architecture or decoration [syn: {motif}, {motive}]

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