An example of a motive is the reason for committing a crime.
An example of motive used as an adjective is the phrase a "motive idea" which means an idea that inspires someone to act.
Origin of motive
- < motive
From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition
- Middle English motif, motive from Old French motif from Late Latin mōtīvus of motion from Latin mōtus past participle of movēre to move meuə- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition