A reason for doing something
the motive for the attack is still unknown
A person who looks for a motive to justify his or her actions or to explain those of another.
A person given to indiscriminately or uncritically ascribing motives to people.
The energy (in the form of steam, electricity, etc.) used to drive machinery
The desire for financial gain as an incentive in economic activity
The action or practice of looking for a motive to justify one's own actions or explain those of another.
An expected or repeated pattern of motives.
= profit motive.