motive motive  /ˈmoʊ tɪv/


  1. (n) the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior
  2. (n) a theme that is repeated or elaborated in a piece of music
  3. (n) a design or figure that consists of recurring shapes or colors, as in architecture or decoration
  4. (adj) causing or able to cause motion
  5. (adj) impelling to action


  1. Actually, the new sponsorship will make no difference in motive's outlook, since it was never very parochial to begin with.
  2. I'd expect that to be a motive at least some of the time.
  3. Authorities would not discuss a motive, largely because Clark has not been talking to police, the official said.


  1. Hasan cites a motive for attack

    Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist charged with killing 13 people in a 2009 rampage at Fort Hood, for the first time expressed his motive for the attack, telling a judge Tuesday that he was out to protect the leader of the Taliban and what he called the “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.” Seated in the gallery behind him were Army soldiers, military police officers and relatives of some ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: San Antonio Express-News

  2. Motive Remains Unclear in SaMo Shooting Rampage

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. (KTLA) — Investigators on Monday were still trying to piece together a motive in Friday’s deadly shooting rampage in Santa Monica. John Zawahri, 23, allegedly shot and killed his father, brother and three other people before he …
    on June 10, 2013     Source: KTLA-TV Los Angeles

  3. Family Strife Could Prove Motive In Santa Monica Shootings

    Investigators were reportedly looking into family connections in their search for a motive in Friday's shooting rampage in Santa Monica, Calif., that left six people dead, including the gunman and a woman who died Sunday from injuries sustained in the assault. The Associated Press, quoting unnamed officials close to the investigation, reports that the inquiry was focusing on the likelihood that ...
    on June 9, 2013     Source: KERA North Texas


  1. "For all of the last century, the profit motive basically led in one direction - toward machines, methods and industries that used oil and gas," said McCain.
    on May 14, 2008 By: John McCain Source:

  2. "We're not saying it is definitely a crime scene, but we are treating it as if it is and trying to determine if the fire was set by somebody who had a nefarious motive," Gov. Matt Blunt said.
    on Nov 27, 2006 By: Matt Blunt Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "At the time, it was assumed that Prince did this because he was (expletive) crazy and always wanted to be in a position to retract whatever was written about him," Klosterman writes. "However, his real motive was more reasonable and (kind...
    on Jul 9, 2010 By: Chuck Klosterman Source: El Dorado Times

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