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  1. mo·tive
    IPA[ˈmōdiv]
  2. noun

    adjective

    • 1. producing physical or mechanical motion:

      the charge of gas is the motive force for every piston stroke
    • 2. causing or being the reason for something:

      the motive principle of a writer's work
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: motive, plural noun: motives

    • noun

      a reason for doing something:

      a motif in art, literature, or music.

    • adjective

      producing physical or mechanical motion:

      causing or being the reason for something:

    • noun

      the energy (in the form of steam, electricity, etc.) used to drive machinery.

      the locomotive engines of a railroad system collectively.

    • noun

      the desire for financial gain as an incentive in economic activity:
    • noun

      the energy (in the form of steam, electricity, etc.) used to drive machinery.

      the locomotives of a railway system collectively.

    • noun

      the desire for financial gain as an incentive in economic activity:
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