Motive synonyms

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Reason is the cause for something to happen or the power of your brain to think, understand and engage in logical thought.
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The reason for which something is done, or the reason it is done in a particular way.
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Something that stimulates one to take action, work harder, etc.; stimulus
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A basis for an action or response; a reason:
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The definition of an inducement is a bribe or something that persuades someone to do something.
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A call to act; encouragement to act, often in an illegal fashion.
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A noun or noun phrase that receives the action of a verb. The subject of a passive verb or the direct object of an active verb. Also called a patient, target, or undergoer.
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Desire or enthusiasm to accomplish or achieve something
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(Physiology) Something that can elicit or evoke a physiological response in a cell, a tissue, or an organism. A stimulus can be internal or external. Sense organs, such as the ear, and sensory receptors, such as those in the skin, are sensitive to external stimuli such as sound and touch.
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A statement, exposition, or explanation of reasons or principles
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The amount or value assigned to a taxpayer’s cost of acquiring, or investment in, an asset. Primarily used when determining the taxpayer’s gain or loss when the property is sold, bartered, or exchanged or the asset’s depreciation.
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Ground is defined as the surface of or soil from the earth.
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Something which causes something else; a cause. [from 14th c.]
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Something considered as a reason or ground for a (possible) decision.
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A plan; scheme; project; intention; aim
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A sudden flow of electrical current in one direction.
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An attraction or appeal:
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(Bot.) A slender, tubelike structure formed by a basal extension of one or more petals or sepals, often serving as a nectar receptacle; calcar
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A long stick with a pointed end used for prodding animals.
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A tricky method for achieving a purpose
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The art or practice of designing or making designs:
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(Mathematics) The value computed from a square matrix of numbers by a rule of combining products of the matrix entries and that characterizes the solvablitity of simultaneous linear equations. Its absolute value can be interpreted as an area or volume.
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(Football) A player at either end of the line
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Anything that stimulates or livens up; piquant element
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Anything that stimulates activity; driving force or motive; incentive; impulse
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(--- Old-fashioned) Purpose in regard to marriage
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The purpose, aim, or goal of a specific action or effort:
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The degree of accuracy of a weapon or of a person aiming a weapon or propelled object:
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The true meaning or intention of something, especially of a law.
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Provocation is defined as something that gets someone to act, especially out of irritation.
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Elasticity; resilience:
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A decorative design, figure, or pattern, as one used in embroidery.
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An illustration; diagram; picture; drawing
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A design, motif or decoration, especially formed from regular repeated elements. [from 16th c.]
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An act of beginning; an initial effort:
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(US) The dividing line formed by combing the hair in different directions. syn. transl.
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impelling to action; - Arthur Pap
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Effectively providing an incentive.
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Of or for motors or motor vehicles:
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A condition of poverty or misfortune:
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Deterrent is defined as something that prevents or blocks.
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The fact, state, or feeling of being discouraged
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Something which hinders: something that holds back or causes problems with something else.
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