leading motive

noun
\ ˈlē- \

Definition of leading motive

: a dominant motive in or leading to action specifically : a musical leitmotiv

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History and Etymology for leading motive

translation of German leitmotive

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“Leading motive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leading%20motive. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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