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American English: /ˈmoʊdɪv/
British English: /ˈməʊtɪv/

Translation of motive in Spanish:


  • 1 (reason) she acted out of the best of motives
    lo hizo con la mejor intención
    his motive was greed
    actuó movido por la avaricia
    it's the profit motive that inspires people
    el afán de lucro es lo que mueve a la gente
    Example sentences
    • There's an ulterior motive behind everything they do.
    • When someone offers you help, must you seek out an ulterior motive behind the gesture?
    • The key ethical and legal point is the intention - the motive behind the act.
    Example sentences
    • Then think about the grail motive as a background to the Bruckner Adagio.
    • To cultivate this process, the student should become acquainted with the motive upon which the composition is based.
    • This is the predominant trichord of most sets and functions as a signature motive.


  • (before noun)
    The feminine of motor is motriz or motora
    Example sentences
    • The change of motion is proportional to the motive force impressed; and is made in the direction of the straight line in which that force is impressed.
    • With the invention of the internal combustion engine, in the late 19th century, new possibilities of motive force became available.
    • It may be powered by hand, pedal, or some other motive force such as a suitably geared lawn mower engine or the electric motor taken from a discarded washing machine.
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