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motive

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of motive

  1. 1 a major object of interest or concern (as in a discussion or artistic composition) <the principal motive of the piece was introduced in the flute section> Synonyms content, motif, matter, question, subject, theme, topicRelated Words subject matter; talking point; count, idea, point, purpose; consideration, issue, problem; body, bulk, burden, centerpiece, core, crux, essence, fundamental, generality, gist, grist, heart, kernel, keynote, main, marrow, mass, net, nub, nubbin, nucleus, pith, pivot, purport, quick, staple, substance, sum; basis; bottom, essential, essentiality; affair, argument, debateNear Antonyms aside, digression, excursion, interjection, parenthesis, tangent

  2. 2 a unit of decoration that is repeated all over something (as a fabric) <decorated with a paisley motive> Synonyms design, figure, motif, patternRelated Words scheme; device; adornment, caparison, decoration, embellishment, frill, garnish, ornament, trim

  3. 3 something (as a belief) that serves as the basis for another thing <the detective felt that the first suspect didn't have any motive for committing the crime> Synonyms account, authority, grounds, reason, subject, wherefore, whyRelated Words antecedent, cause, consideration, impetus, incentive, inspiration, instigation, occasion, stimulus




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