Textual thesaurus for "motive"

(adj) motivating, motivative

impelling to action

it may well be that ethical language has primarily a motivative function- Arthur Pap; motive pleas; motivating arguments

(adj) motor

causing or able to cause motion

a motive force; motive power; motor energy

(noun) need, 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

(noun) motif

a design or figure that consists of recurring shapes or colors, as in architecture or decoration

(noun) motif

a theme that is repeated or elaborated in a piece of music