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  • motivelessly — mo·tive·less·ly …   English syllables

  • motivelessly — adverb see motiveless * * * moˈtivelessly adverb • • • Main Entry: ↑motive …   Useful english dictionary

  • motive — I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French motif, motive, from motif, adjective, moving, from Medieval Latin motivus, from Latin motus, past participle of movēre to move Date: 15th century 1. something (as a need or desire) that causes… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • motive — motiveless, adj. motivelessly, adv. motivelessness, n. /moh tiv/, n., adj., v., motived, motiving. n. 1. something that causes a person to act in a certain way, do a certain thing, etc.; incentive. 2. the goal or object of a person s actions: Her …   Universalium

  • motive — noun 1》 a reason for doing something. 2》 a motif. adjective 1》 producing physical or mechanical motion. 2》 acting as a motive. Derivatives motiveless adjective motivelessly adverb motivelessness noun Origin ME: from OFr. motif, from late L.… …   English new terms dictionary

  • motive — n., adj., & v. n. 1 a factor or circumstance that induces a person to act in a particular way. 2 = MOTIF. adj. 1 tending to initiate movement. 2 concerned with movement. = MOTIVATE. Phrases and idioms: motive power a moving or impelling… …   Useful english dictionary

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