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motive

Pronunciation: mo'tiv

Definition:

  1. An acquired predisposition, need, or specific state of tension within a person that arouses, maintains, and directs behavior toward a goal.
  2. The reason attributed to or given by a person for a behavioral act.

Synonym(s): learned drive

[L. moveo, to move, to set in motion]

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