Synonyms of motive in English:

motive


See definition of motive

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