- Nothing could induce him to name a motive .
- He had some motive in telling this fable .
- He did n't say these words without a motive ..
- She felt so free from ulterior motives .
- What makes life dreary is the want of motive .
- the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior; "we did not understand his motivation"; "he acted with the best of motives"
- a design or figure that consists of recurring shapes or colors, as in architecture or decoration
- a theme that is repeated or elaborated in a piece of music