Definition of motive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈməʊtɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmoʊtɪv//
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[only before noun] (specialist) causing movement or action motive power/force (= for example electricity to operate machinery) Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French motif (adjective used as a noun), from late Latin motivus, from movere ‘to move’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: motive

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