motive

Part of speech: adjective

Having power to move; causing motion.

Part of speech: noun

That which incites to action; incentive; impulse; design; purpose.

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Usage examples "motive":

  1. With what possible motive...? - "Alias The Lone Wolf", Louis Joseph Vance.
  2. What was your motive? - "Foul Play", Charles Reade Dion Boucicault.
  3. And the motive of this outrage? - "A Frontier Mystery", Bertram Mitford.