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Synonyms for motive

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a basis for an action or a decision

an element or a component in a decorative composition

Synonyms for motive

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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When I heard how he said it, and saw how he held her hand, I guessed what the one motive of his life was.
Always fishing for motives, when they're on the surface
You pretend, Monsieur, that you know the motive for the crime, and that that motive--in the face of all the evidence that has been forthcoming--was robbery?
I do not say that robbery was the motive for the crime, and I don't believe it was.
The robber had another motive for returning to hide under the bed," continued the astonishing boy-journalist.
It means that robbery was one of the motives for the crime.
Whatever the Count may have done, Sir Percival has consented to the conspiracy against Laura from another motive besides the motive of gain.
The vindictive motive had mingled itself all along with my other and better motives, and I confess it was a satisfaction to me to feel that the surest way, the only way left, of serving Laura's cause, was to fasten my hold firmly on the villain who had married her.
You are right in assuming that I have personal motives for stirring in this matter.
While I acknowledge that I was not strong enough to keep my motives above the reach of this instinct of revenge, I can honestly say something in my own favour on the other side.
Darcy in anything, and persevered therefore in requiring an explanation of his two motives.
But I was looking for the motives which ought to have their pure source in religion.
It is enough for me to know that they are not dishonourable and that anybody can see they are not the motives of an adventurer seeking some sordid advantage.
Despite the existence of many psychometric instruments developed to assess drinking motives, the Drinking Motive Questionnaire Revised (DMQ-R: Cooper, 1994) and its variants are the most widely used measures (Kuntsche et al.
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