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Another word for motive

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Noun
  1. A basis for an action or a decision

      1. To move upward or forward in a single quick motion or a series of such motions; leap:
      2. To move suddenly, especially because of being resilient or moved by a spring:
      3. To start doing something suddenly:
      1. The basis or motive for an action, decision, or conviction:
      2. A declaration made to explain or justify action, decision, or conviction:
      3. A fact or cause that explains why something exists or has occurred:
      1. The act or process of motivating:
      2. The state of being motivated:
      3. Something that motivates; an inducement, reason, or goal:
      1. The solid surface of the earth.
      2. The floor of a body of water, especially the sea.
      3. Soil; earth:
      1. The producer of an effect, result, or consequence.
      2. The one, such as a person, event, or condition, that is responsible for an action or result.
      3. A basis for an action or response; a reason:
    See also:

    start

  2. An element or a component in a decorative composition

      1. A usually repeating artistic or decorative design:
      2. A natural or accidental arrangement or sequence:
      3. A plan, diagram, or model to be followed in making things:
      1. A recurrent thematic element in an artistic or literary work.
      2. A dominant theme or central idea.
      3. A short rhythmic or melodic passage that is repeated or evoked in various parts of a composition.
      1. A written or printed symbol representing something other than a letter, especially a number.
      2. Mathematical calculations:
      3. An amount represented in numbers:
      1. A contrivance or invention serving a particular purpose, especially a machine used to perform one or more relatively simple tasks.
      2. A literary contrivance, such as parallelism or personification, used to achieve a particular effect.
      3. A decorative design, figure, or pattern, as one used in embroidery.
      1. To conceive or fashion in the mind; invent:
      2. To formulate a plan for; devise:
      3. To make a graphic or schematic representation of (something), especially as a plan for its structure:
    See also:

    part

Another word for motive

Noun
      1. To fish with a hook and line.
      2. To try to get something by indirect or artful means:
      3. A fishhook or fishing tackle.
      1. A long stick with a pointed end used for prodding animals.
      2. An agent or means of prodding or urging; a stimulus.
      3. To prod or urge with or as if with a long pointed stick.
      1. A short spike or spiked wheel that attaches to the heel of a rider's boot and is used to urge a horse forward.
      2. An incentive:
      3. A spinelike process on the leg of some birds.
      1. Something that tempts or attracts with the promise of pleasure or reward:
      2. An attraction or appeal:
      3. A decoy used in catching animals, especially an artificial bait used in catching fish.
      1. An impelling force; an impetus.
      2. The motion produced by such a force.
      3. A sudden wish or urge that prompts an unpremeditated act or feeling; an abrupt inclination:
      1. Something, such as a thought or conception, that is the product of mental activity.
      2. An opinion, conviction, or principle:
      3. A plan, purpose, or goal:
      1. Careful thought; deliberation:
      2. A result of considering; an opinion or a judgment:
      3. A factor to be considered in forming a judgment or decision:
      1. An event or happening, or the time of an event or happening:
      2. A significant event, especially a large or important social gathering:
      3. A favorable or appropriate time or juncture:
      1. The solid surface of the earth.
      2. The floor of a body of water, especially the sea.
      3. Soil; earth:
      1. A foundation upon which something rests.
      2. The chief constituent; the fundamental ingredient:
      3. The fundamental principle.
      1. The fundamental reasons for something; the basis:
      1. Something causing or regarded as causing a response.
      2. An agent, action, or condition that elicits or accelerates a physiological or psychological activity or response.
      3. Something that incites or rouses to action; an incentive:
      1. A call to act; encouragement to act, often in an illegal fashion.
      1. The act or process of motivating:
      2. The state of being motivated:
      3. Something that motivates; an inducement, reason, or goal:
      1. The object toward which an endeavor is directed; an end.
      2. A structure or area into which players endeavor to propel a ball or puck in order to score points.
      3. A play or shot that sends a ball or puck into or through the goal.
      1. To direct (a weapon or camera) toward a point.
      2. To direct or propel (an object, such as a ball) toward a point:
      3. To direct toward or intend for a particular goal or group:
      1. Something that helps bring about an action or a desired result; an incentive:
      2. The act or process of inducing:
      3. Misrepresentation that leads a person to enter into a contract or transaction with a false understanding of the risks and obligations:
      1. Something perceptible by one or more of the senses, especially by vision or touch; a material thing.
      2. A focus of attention, feeling, thought, or action:
      3. A limiting factor that must be considered:
      1. The object toward which one strives or for which something exists; an aim or goal:
      2. Determination; resolution:
      3. To intend or resolve:
      1. The producer of an effect, result, or consequence.
      2. The one, such as a person, event, or condition, that is responsible for an action or result.
      3. A basis for an action or response; a reason:
      1. Something, such as the fear of punishment or the expectation of reward, that induces action or motivates effort.
      2. Serving to induce or motivate: