motive

  • 1 motive — mo·tive n [Anglo French motif, from Middle French motif adjective, moving, from Medieval Latin motivus, from Latin motus, past participle of movēre to move]: something (as a need or desire) that causes a person to act ◇ In criminal law, motive is …

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  • 2 motivé — motivé, ée adj. Soutenu, stimulé par une motivation. ⇒MOTIVÉ, ÉE, part. passé et adj. I. Part. passé de motiver (v. ce mot I B). Suscité. Il y a bien des actes, de vilains actes motivés par de l argent (GONCOURT, Journal, 1895, p.740). II.… …

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  • 3 motive# — motive n 1 Motive, spring, impulse, incentive, inducement, spur, goad all denote a stimulus inciting or prompting a person to act or behave in a definite way. Motive applies chiefly to such an emotion as fear, anger, hatred, or love or to a… …

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  • 4 Motive — may refer to: Contents 1 Criminal law 2 Creative or artistic work 3 Computing …

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  • 5 Motive — Mo tive, n. [F. motif, LL. motivum, from motivus moving, fr. L. movere, motum, to move. See {Move}.] 1. That which moves; a mover. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. That which incites to action; anything prompting or exciting to choise, or moving… …

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  • 6 Motive — Mo tive, a. Causing motion; having power to move, or tending to move; as, a motive argument; motive power. Motive faculty. Bp. Wilkins. [1913 Webster] {Motive power} (Mach.), a natural agent, as water, steam, wind, electricity, etc., used to… …

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  • 7 Motive-e-s — Motivé e s Motivé e s est un mouvement politique français de gauche créé à Toulouse, à l initiative notamment de membres du groupe de musique Zebda. Réalisant un score de 12,49 % aux élections municipales de mars 2001 à Toulouse après une… …

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  • 9 Motivé-e-s — est un mouvement politique français de gauche créé à Toulouse, à l initiative notamment de membres du groupe de musique Zebda. Réalisant un score de 12,49 % aux élections municipales de mars 2001 à Toulouse après une campagne médiatisée et… …

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  • 10 motive — [mōt′iv] n. [ME motif < OFr motif (adj.) < ML motivus, moving < L motus, pp. of movere, to MOVE] 1. some inner drive, impulse, intention, etc. that causes a person to do something or act in a certain way; incentive; goal 2. MOTIF (sense… …

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  • 11 Motive — Mo tive, v. t. To prompt or incite by a motive or motives; to move. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 12 motive — motive, motivation See interpretation ; psychoanalysis ; sanction, social sanction ; vocabularies of motive …

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  • 13 -motive — [mōt′iv] [< MOTIVE (adj. )] combining form forming adjectives moving, of motion [automotive] …

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  • 14 motivé — motivé, ée (mo ti vé, vée) part. passé de motiver. •   La France est le seul pays où les arrêts ne soient pas motivés, comme c est aussi le seul où l on achète le droit de juger les hommes, VOLT. Lett. Damilaville, 13 juin 1766.    Terme de… …

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  • 15 motive — [n] reason, purpose aim, antecedent, basis, cause, consideration, design, determinant, drive, emotion, end, feeling, grounds, idea, impulse, incentive, incitement, inducement, influence, inspiration, intent, intention, mainspring, motivation,… …

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  • 16 motive — ► NOUN 1) a factor inducing a person to act in a particular way. 2) a motif. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ producing physical or mechanical motion. DERIVATIVES motiveless adjective. ORIGIN Latin motivus, from movere to move …

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  • 17 motive — n. 1) to establish, find a motive 2) to question smb. s motives 3) altruistic; base; honorable; humane; noble; selfish; ulterior motives; the highest motives (to have nothing but the highest motives) 4) the profit motive 5) an underlying motive… …

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  • 18 motive — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ hidden, ulterior ▪ good, strong ▪ I d say he had a very strong motive for wanting her dead. ▪ altruistic, high …

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  • 19 Motive — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Motive >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 motive motive springs of action wellsprings of action GRP: N 2 Sgm: N 2 reason reason ground call principle Sgm: N 2 by end by end by purpose …

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  • 20 motive — I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French motif, motive, from motif, adjective, moving, from Medieval Latin motivus, from Latin motus, past participle of movēre to move Date: 15th century 1. something (as a need or desire) that causes… …

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