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a basis for an action or a decision

an element or a component in a decorative composition

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the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal

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

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

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causing or able to cause motion

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impelling to action

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References in classic literature ?
Granting the avowed motive for her journey -- did not her manner, on the morning when the letter was opened, and again on the morning of departure, suggest the existence of some other motive which her letter kept concealed?
Our little friend here might have some motive, perhaps, for objecting to the arrangements.
Have there not been as many wars founded upon commercial motives since that has become the prevailing system of nations, as were before occasioned by the cupidity of territory or dominion?
Nobody knows better than yourself that the bandits of Corsica are not rogues or thieves, but purely and simply fugitives, driven by some sinister motive from their native town or village, and that their fellowship involves no disgrace or stigma; for my own part, I protest that, should I ever go to Corsica, my first visit, ere even I presented myself to the mayor or prefect, should be to the bandits of Colomba, if I could only manage to find them; for, on my conscience, they are a race of men I admire greatly.
Van Brandt's refusal to marry me, and there was an intelligible motive assigned for my proposing to leave London.
Acting on this invitation, I told him the truth about my husband and myself quite unreservedly, taking care, however, at the same time, to put Eustace's motives in the best light that they would bear.
Sir Patrick's motives will appear presently," rejoined the incorrigible old gentleman.
He provoked me at times, indeed, by his evident reluctance to talk to me about his sister, though I did not question the friendliness of his motives in wishing to discourage my remembrance of her.
To do as we would be done by, is indeed a Christian motive, as the boy well expressed himself; and I am glad to find my instructions have borne such good fruit.
While search is being made for the criminal, we had better try to find out the motive for the crime; that will advance us a little," he said.
Let the future and the furthest be the motive of thy to-day; in thy friend shalt thou love the Superman as thy motive.
The belief that a motive is normally conscious makes it easier to be mistaken as to our own motives than as to other people's.
My object is to explain the motive which has induced me to refuse the right hand of friendship to my cousin, John Herncastle.
You have, no doubt, a personal motive for proceeding, into which it is not my business to inquire.
What motive - even what motive in reason - can you have for preventing the escape of this wretched youth,' said Mr.