Synonyms of motive in English:

motive


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noun

1‘the motive for the attack is still unknown’

SYNONYMS
reason, motivation, motivating force, rationale, grounds, cause, basis, occasion, thinking, the whys and wherefores, object, purpose, intention, design
incentive, inducement, impulse, incitement, influence, lure, inspiration, stimulus, stimulation, spur, goad, provocation, pressure, persuasion, consideration

2‘religious motives in art’

SYNONYMS
motif, theme, idea, concept, subject, topic, leitmotif, trope, element

adjective

1‘the machinery supplying the motive power for the hydraulic cranes’

SYNONYMS
kinetic, driving, impelling, propelling, propulsive, operative, moving, motor