A basis for an action or a decision
An element or a component in a decorative composition
She hadn't thought about his feelings or motive to help.
Not much motive for a skip, either.
There was a practical motive for using this weapon.
She wanted to find, and still seeks, some secret motive in our actions.
While she despised the man, her feelings still lacked a motive to sever his rope in cold blood and watch him plummet down to the rocks and churning river below.