Motive is defined as a reason for doing something.(noun)
An example of a motive is the reason for committing a crime.
The definition of motive is causing action.(adjective)
An example of motive used as an adjective is the phrase a "motive idea" which means an idea that inspires someone to act.
See motive in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME motif < OFr motif (adj.) < ML motivus, moving < L motus, pp. of movere, to move
Origin: ML motivus
Origin: < motive ()
See motive in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English motif, motive
Origin: , from Old French motif
Origin: , from Late Latin mōtīvus, of motion
Origin: , from Latin mōtus
Origin: , past participle of movēre, to move; see meuə- in Indo-European roots.
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