Student Thesaurus

One entry found for motive.
Entry Word: motive
Function: noun
Text: 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> -- see MATTER 1
2 a unit of decoration that is repeated all over something (as a fabric) <decorated with a paisley motive> -- see PATTERN 1
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> -- see REASON 2