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motive

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Etymology

[[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] motivus

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
motive

Plural
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  1. An incentive to act; a reason for doing something; anything that prompted a choice of action.
    Although his questions seemed strange to me, I'm sure he had a good motive for asking them.
  2. Alternative spelling of motif; a theme or subject, especially one that is central to the work or often repeated.
    If you listen carefully, you can hear the flutes mimicking the cello motive.

Translations

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Verb

Infinitive
to motive

Third person singular
motives

Simple past
motived

Past participle
-

Present participle
motiving

to motive (third-person singular simple present motives, present participle motiving, simple past and past participle motived)
  1. To prompt or incite by a motive or motives; to move.

Synonyms

Translations

Adjective

motive (not comparable)

Positive
motive

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Causing motion; having power to move, or tending to move; as, a motive argument; motive power.
    • 1658, Sir Thomas Browne, The Garden of Cyrus, Folio Society 2007, p. 195:
      In the motive parts of animals may be discovered mutuall proportions; not only in those of Quadrupeds, but in the thigh-bone, legge, foot-bone, and claws of Birds.

Translations


Croatian

Noun

motive m. (plural)

  1. Accusative plural form of motiv.

Romanian

Pronunciation

  • IPA: [moˈtive]

Noun

motive n. pl.

  1. Plural form of motiv.

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