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The motives were most always harmless, and only sometimes ethically questionable.

But his motives for shooting John Paul II have remained a mystery shrouded in multiple conspiracy theories.

Gutierrez tries unsuccessfully to insinuate that Jay was cheating on Stephanie, suggesting ulterior motives.

Choosing not to pursue a perpetrator is not admittance of lies or false motives.

Question their actions or motives and you are “victim shaming” and “victim blaming.”

Dramatic adaptation in expressing various characters, emotions, and motives is potentially very great.

Outsiders lack adequate motives for sending the notes home; issuers lack adequate motives for calling them home.

I feel it my duty to accept them, as a public expression of confidence in the late Mr. Clifton's motives.

But he could, even at that early date, divine the motives of the British government in sending the troops to Boston.

Every possible obstacle was therefore thrown in his way by those who, from motives of jealousy, wished to get rid of him.


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On this page you'll find 37 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to motives, such as: emotion, motivation, impulse, influence, idea, and aim.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.