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synonyms for motive

  • aim
  • cause
  • consideration
  • emotion
  • feeling
  • idea
  • impulse
  • influence
  • intent
  • intention
  • motivation
  • passion
  • rationale
  • antecedent
  • basis
  • design
  • determinant
  • drive
  • end
  • grounds
  • incentive
  • incitement
  • inducement
  • inspiration
  • mainspring
  • object
  • occasion
  • root
  • spring
  • spur
  • stimulus
  • thinking
See also synonyms for: motives
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antonyms for motive

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  • neglect
  • thoughtlessness
  • discouragement
  • hindrance
  • deterrent
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How to use motive in a sentence

But, Google’s oblique communication about this change has left the door open for skepticism about its motives.
GOOGLE’S SEARCH TERMS MOVE WILL MAKE MILLIONS IN AD SPEND INVISIBLE TO ADVERTISERSGINNY MARVINSEPTEMBER 3, 2020SEARCH ENGINE LAND
Changing the name scheme of modern math might imply a change in motive force, but if that change discouraged some people, it might welcome others in.
WHY MATHEMATICIANS SHOULD STOP NAMING THINGS AFTER EACH OTHER - ISSUE 89: THE DARK SIDELAURA BALLSEPTEMBER 2, 2020NAUTILUS
There are those who try to cloak their motives in the trappings of science by claiming they are taking the scientific posture of doubt.
HOW PSEUDOSCIENTISTS GET AWAY WITH IT - FACTS SO ROMANTICSTUART FIRESTEINAUGUST 28, 2020NAUTILUS
Poets, detectives, and lawyers have long sifted through people’s language for clues to look for their motives and inner truths.
MACHINES CAN SPOT MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES—IF YOU HAND OVER YOUR PERSONAL DATABOBBIE JOHNSONAUGUST 13, 2020MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW
A national or global news story breaks, new keywords start trending immediately, and the first thing you think is…If the answer was “Ooo I can use this”, then you may not have the best motives for adding that current event to your content marketing.
HOW TO USE TRENDING KEYWORDS FROM CURRENT EVENTS IN CONTENT MARKETINGGREGG SCHWARTZJULY 23, 2020SEARCH ENGINE WATCH
That’s okay if you don’t have the right motives or anything significant to add value for your audience.
HOW TO USE TRENDING KEYWORDS FROM CURRENT EVENTS IN CONTENT MARKETINGGREGG SCHWARTZJULY 23, 2020SEARCH ENGINE WATCH
The voice of the orator peculiarly should be free from studied effects, and responsive to motive.
EXPRESSIVE VOICE CULTUREJESSIE ELDRIDGE SOUTHWICK
Not suspecting her motive, he represented the hazard of putting so great an affront on the favourite of the Empress.
THE PASTOR'S FIRE-SIDE VOL. 3 OF 4JANE PORTER
The wish to go to heaven without dying is, as I know, a motive derived from child-life.
CHILDREN'S WAYSJAMES SULLY
But her parents, did you never discover any thing about them—who or what they were—the motive of so strange an abandonment?
BLACKWOOD'S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE, VOLUME 60, NO. 372, OCTOBER 1846VARIOUS
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WORDS RELATED TO MOTIVE

  • cause
  • ground
  • grounds
  • interest
  • justification
  • motive
  • rationale
  • rationalization
  • reason
  • regard
  • sake
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