Definition of Motive


  • a design or figure that consists of recurring shapes or colors, as in architecture or decoration
  • a theme that is repeated or elaborated in a piece of music
  • the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal
    the reason for the action
    that which gives purpose and direction to behavior
    "we did not understand his motivation"
    "he acted with the best of motives"


  • impelling to action
    "it may well be that ethical language has primarily a motivative function"- Arthur Pap
    "motive pleas"
    "motivating arguments"
  • causing or able to cause motion
    "a motive force"
    "motive power"
    "motor energy"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

Word games points for the Motive

  • Scrabble® score of the motive (11)
  • Word Chums® score of the motive (15)
  • Words With Friends® score of the motive (13)

Unscramble motive

43 unscramble word found using the letters motive.

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