1. An emotion, desire, physiological need, or similar impulse that acts as an incitement to action.
2. (mōtĭv, mō-tēv) A motif in art, literature, or music.
1. Causing or able to cause motion: motive power.
2. Causing an action: motive pleas.
[Middle English motif, motive, from Old French motif, from Late Latin mōtīvus, of motion, from Latin mōtus, past participle of movēre, to move; see meuə- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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