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synonyms for motives

  • 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
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antonyms for motives

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

Dramatic adaptation in expressing various characters, emotions, and motives is potentially very great.
EXPRESSIVE VOICE CULTUREJESSIE ELDRIDGE SOUTHWICK
Outsiders lack adequate motives for sending the notes home; issuers lack adequate motives for calling them home.
READINGS IN MONEY AND BANKINGCHESTER ARTHUR PHILLIPS
I feel it my duty to accept them, as a public expression of confidence in the late Mr. Clifton's motives.
FIRST PLAYSA. A. MILNE
But he could, even at that early date, divine the motives of the British government in sending the troops to Boston.
THE EVE OF THE REVOLUTIONCARL BECKER
Every possible obstacle was therefore thrown in his way by those who, from motives of jealousy, wished to get rid of him.
LIFE OF RICHARD TREVITHICK, VOLUME II (OF 2)FRANCIS TREVITHICK
The motives which led to this undertaking, and the reasons for my mode of procedure, may be stated in a few words.
THE LIFE & LETTERS OF PETER ILICH TCHAIKOVSKYMODESTE TCHAIKOVSKY
Thus her neighbours talked of Dorothy, suggesting the worst motives as the cause of her recent adventure.
THE WORLD BEFORE THEMSUSANNA MOODIE
Natives join them from various motives, for it would be venturesome to assert that they are all moved by religious conviction.
THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDSJOHN FOREMAN
Then one possessing sufficient motives could be happy without end?
THE FIFTH STRING  JOHN PHILIP SOUSA
We have already seen the motives which first induced him to take up journalism.
THE LIFE & LETTERS OF PETER ILICH TCHAIKOVSKYMODESTE TCHAIKOVSKY
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