motive

Definition (noun): the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior

Example: we did not understand his motivation

Definition (noun): the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior

Example: he acted with the best of motives

Definition (noun): a theme that is repeated or elaborated in a piece of music

Definition (noun): a design or figure that consists of recurring shapes or colors, as in architecture or decoration

Definition (adjective): causing or able to cause motion

Example: a motive force

Definition (adjective): causing or able to cause motion

Example: motive power

Definition (adjective): causing or able to cause motion

Example: motor energy

Definition (adjective): impelling to action

Example: it may well be that ethical language has primarily a motivative function

Definition (adjective): impelling to action

Example: motive pleas

Definition (adjective): impelling to action

Example: motivating arguments