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Synonyms of motive in English:


  • 1 the motive for the attack
    reason, motivation, motivating force, rationale, grounds, cause, basis, object, purpose, intention;
    incentive, inducement, incitement, lure, inspiration, stimulus, stimulation, spur
  • 2 religious motives in art
    motif, theme, idea, concept, subject, topic, leitmotif
  • adjective

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  • 1 motive power
    kinetic, driving, impelling, propelling, propulsive, motor
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