- The definition of motive is causing action.
An example of motive used as an adjective is the phrase a "motive idea" which means an idea that inspires someone to act.
- Motive is defined as a reason for doing something.
An example of a motive is the reason for committing a crime.
motive definition by Webster's New World
- some inner drive, impulse, intention, etc. that causes a person to do something or act in a certain way; incentive; goal
- motif (sense )
Origin: Middle English motif ; from Old French motif (adj.) ; from Midieval Latin motivus, moving ; from Classical Latin motus, past participle of movere, to move
- of, causing, or tending to cause motion
- Rare of, or having the nature of, a motive or motives
Origin: ML motivus
- motiveless adjective
Origin: ; from motive ()
motive definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- An emotion, desire, physiological need, or similar impulse that acts as an incitement to action.
- A motif in art, literature, or music.
- Causing or able to cause motion: motive power.
- Impelling to action: motive pleas.
- Of or constituting an incitement to action.
Origin: Middle English motif, motive, from Old French motif, from Late Latin mōtīvus, of motion, from Latin mōtus, past participle of movēre, to move; see meuə- in Indo-European roots.
motive - Medical Definition