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Synonyms of motive in English:


  • 1 the motive for the attack is still unknown
    reason, motivation, motivating force, rationale, grounds, cause, basis, occasion, thinking, the whys and wherefores, object, purpose, intention, design;
    incentive, inducement, impulse, incitement, influence, lure, inspiration, stimulus, stimulation, spur, goad, provocation, pressure, persuasion, consideration
  • 2 religious motives in art
    motif, theme, idea, concept, subject, topic, leitmotif, trope, element
  • adjective

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  • the machinery supplying the motive power for the hydraulic cranes
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