Definitions For 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
  • 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
  • A reason for doing something


  • Impelling to action
  • Causing or able to cause motion

Is Motive a Scrabble Word?

Words With Friends YES
Scrabble US YES
Scrabble UK YES
English International (SOWPODS) YES
Scrabble Global YES
Enable1 Dictionary YES

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Words with Friends

The word Motive is worth 11 points in Scrabble and 13 points in Words with Friends

Examples of Motive in a Sentence

  • Their motive in running away was to avoid being punished.
  • I think he's guilty of the crime. He had the motive, the means, and the opportunity.
  • She denied that her offer to help was based on selfish motives.

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