What is motive?

  • (noun): 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.
    Synonyms: motivation, need
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on motive, motives:

Self-enhancement - Constraints - Other Motives
... that self-enhancement is the dominant self motive ... the distinction between the self-motives, and there are situations in which motives asides from self-enhancement assume priority ... The self-assessment motive is often contrasted with the self-enhancement motive due to the relative adaptiveness of each approach within social interactions ...
Cyclotomic Character - Geometric Realizations
... In terms of motives, the p-adic cyclotomic character is the p-adic realization of the Tate motive Z(1) ... As a Grothendieck motive, the Tate motive is the dual of H2( P1 ) ...
Lockheed Martin Shooting - Motive
... One of Williams cousins said he was not a racist and even had black friends, though Williams's cousin also described him as being depressed ... He also said that Doug Williams had expressed concern "about something to do with a meeting at work." It was said that Williams had threatened others for no reason and was angry at everybody ...
Motive, Inc - Timeline
20, 2006 Paul Baker resigns as chief financial officer of Motive Inc. 10, 2006 Motive delisted by NASDAQ June 17, 2008 Alcatel-Lucent announces intent to acquire Motive at $2.23 per share ...

More definitions of "motive":

  • (noun): A theme that is elaborated on in a piece of music.
    Synonyms: motif
  • (adj): Causing or able to cause motion.
    Example: "A motive force"; "motive power"
    Synonyms: motor

Famous quotes containing the word motive:

    With Major Lawrence, mercy is a passion. With me, it is merely good manners. You may judge which motive is the more reliable.
    Robert Bolt (1924–1995)

    He is the best sailor who can steer within the fewest points of the wind, and extract a motive power out of the greatest obstacles. Most begin to veer and tack as soon as the wind changes from aft, and as within the tropics it does not blow from all points of the compass, there are some harbors which they can never reach.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    We have not the motive to prepare ourselves for a “life-work” of teaching, of social work—we know that we would lay it down with hallelujah in the height of our success, to make a home for the right man. And all the time in the background of our consciousness rings the warning that perhaps the right man will never come. A great love is given to very few. Perhaps this make-shift time filler of a job is our life work after all.
    Ruth Benedict (1887–1948)