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synonyms for motive power

  • driving force
  • electromotive force
  • kinetic energy
  • locomotion
  • means of propulsion
  • motivity
  • prime mover
  • propulsion
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How to use motive power in a sentence

For this use of the voice in the special service of will-power, or propelling force, it is necessary first to test its freedom.
EXPRESSIVE VOICE CULTUREJESSIE ELDRIDGE SOUTHWICK
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
Wharton smiled at this littleness in so great a man, but determined that he should feel the power he despised.
THE PASTOR'S FIRE-SIDE VOL. 3 OF 4JANE PORTER
He brings out all their power, brilliancy and careering wildness, and makes the greatest sensation of them.
MUSIC-STUDY IN GERMANYAMY FAY
She knew that she alone of all human beings was gifted with the power to understand and fully sympathize with him.
HILDA LESSWAYSARNOLD BENNETT
We live in an age that is at best about a century and a half old—the age of machinery and power.
THE UNSOLVED RIDDLE OF SOCIAL JUSTICESTEPHEN LEACOCK
Lift up thy hand over the strange nations, that they may see thy power.
THE BIBLE, DOUAY-RHEIMS VERSIONVARIOUS
However great the power of Revival, there is no memory unless there was a First Impression.
ASSIMILATIVE MEMORYMARCUS DWIGHT LARROWE (AKA PROF. A. LOISETTE)
The ability to sustain the tone for a long time will increase, and with it the power of the muscles exercised.
EXPRESSIVE VOICE CULTUREJESSIE ELDRIDGE SOUTHWICK
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