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mo•tive



Pronunciation: (mō'tiv), [key]
n., adj., v., -tived, -tiv•ing.


n.
1. something that causes a person to act in a certain way, do a certain thing, etc.; incentive.
2. the goal or object of a person's actions: Her motive was revenge.
3. (in art, literature, and music) a motif.

adj.
1. causing, or tending to cause, motion.
2. pertaining to motion.
3. prompting to action.
4. constituting a motive or motives.

v.t.
to motivate.

-motive




a combining form of motive: automotive.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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