The police have yet to reveal the motive behind the attack or the name of the shooter.
Many are alienated from their families already and defiance is part of their motive for leaving.
Aspinall and Goldsmith definitely had the means and the motive to help Lucan flee.
The Coelho family lawyer Hisbelo Oliveira told reporters that jealousy had to be the motive for the crime.
The motive must have had something to do with the age of most of the victims.
I could not see your object, but I was sure you had a motive.
One can only motive and explain this suicide by self-immolating love.
Here lies one motive why Ulysses must go to the palace and test Penelope.
But let me give you the motive, and then the action will follow of course.
It would not do for your brother to vanish from your house, alone and with no motive.
mid-14c., "something brought forward," from Old French motif "will, drive, motivation," noun use of adjective, literally "moving," from Medieval Latin motivus "moving, impelling," from Latin motus "a moving, motion," past participle of movere "to move" (see move (v.)). Meaning "that which inwardly moves a person to behave a certain way" is from early 15c.
late 14c., from Old French motif "moving" or directly from Medieval Latin motivus "moving, impelling," from past participle stem of movere "to move" (see move (v.)).
motive mo·tive (mō'tĭv)
An emotion, desire, physiological need, or similar impulse that acts as an incitement to action. Also called learned drive. adj.
Causing or able to cause motion.