[moh-tiv] /ˈmoʊ tɪv/
something that causes a person to act in a certain way, do a certain thing, etc.; incentive.
the goal or object of a person’s actions:
Her motive was revenge.
(in art, literature, and music) a .
causing, or tending to cause, motion.
pertaining to motion.
prompting to action.
constituting a motive or motives.
verb (used with object), motived, motiving.
the reason for a certain course of action, whether conscious or unconscious
a variant of motif (sense 2)
of or causing motion or action: a motive force
of or acting as a motive; motivating
1817, from motive (n.) + -less.
mid-14c., “something brought forward,” from Old French motif “will, drive, motivation,” noun use of adjective, literally “moving,” from Medieval Latin motivus “moving, impelling,” from Latin motus “a moving, motion,” past participle of movere “to move” (see move (v.)). Meaning “that which inwardly moves a person to behave a certain way” is from early 15c.
late 14c., from Old French motif “moving” or directly from Medieval Latin motivus “moving, impelling,” from past participle stem of movere “to move” (see move (v.)).
motive mo·tive (mō’tĭv)
An emotion, desire, physiological need, or similar impulse that acts as an incitement to action. Also called learned drive. adj.
Causing or able to cause motion.
noun 1. any power used to impart motion; any source of mechanical energy. 2. Railroads. locomotives or other vehicles that supply tractive power. noun 1. any source of energy used to produce motion 2. the means of supplying power to an engine, vehicle, etc 3. any driving force
[moh-tiv-ik] /moʊˈtɪv ɪk/ adjective, Music. 1. of or relating to a motif.
[moh-tiv-i-tee] /moʊˈtɪv ɪ ti/ noun 1. the power of initiating or producing motion. /məʊˈtɪvɪtɪ/ noun 1. the power of moving or of initiating motion
[moh zhyst] /moʊ ˈʒüst/ noun, plural mots justes [moh zhyst] /moʊ ˈʒüst/ (Show IPA). French. 1. the exact, appropriate word. /mo ʒyst/ noun (pl) mots justes (mo ʒyst) 1. the appropriate word or expression