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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
motive (law)
  1. An incentive to act; a reason for doing something; anything that prompted a choice of action.
    Although his questions seemed strange to me, I'm sure he had a good motive for asking them.
  2. alternative spelling of motif; a theme or subject, especially one that is central to the work or often repeated.
    If you listen carefully, you can hear the flutes mimicking the cello motive.


See also

  1. Motif (literature)
  2. Motif (music)
  3. Motif (visual arts)
  4. Motif of harmful sensation

Motive may refer to:

Criminal law

Creative or artistic work


Other uses

See also


Verb: From Medieval Latin motivus ("serving to move, motive"), from Latin motus, past participle of movere ("to move").

Noun: From Middle English motif, from Old French motif, from Medieval Latin motivum ("a motive, moving cause"), neuter of motivus ("serving to move"): see verb.

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