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motive
used in Gone with the Wind

10 uses
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1  —7 uses as in:
What is her motive?
Definition
a reason for doing something
  • I know your motives are always above reproach.
    4.43 (15% in)
  • Scarlett had never trusted any woman and had never credited any woman except her mother with motives other than selfish ones.
    1.6 (85% in)
  • It was annoying the way Melly always misconstrued her motives—but perhaps that was far preferable to having her suspect the truth.
    2.9 (77% in)
  • That would be a relief, for it had been so long since she had told anyone the truth about herself and her motives.
    4.36 (46% in)
  • She could talk to him about almost everything, with no care for concealing her motives or her real opinions and she never ran out of things to say as she did with Frank—or even with Ashley, if she must be honest with herself.
    4.38 (69% in)
  • She felt puzzled and a little ashamed, as always when people attributed to her emotions and motives they possessed and thought she shared.
    4.40 (79% in)
  • As usual when confronted by Melanie's habit of attributing worthy motives where no worth existed, Scarlett was ashamed and irritated, and suddenly she could not meet either Ashley's or Melanie's eyes.
    4.41 (33% in)

There are no more uses of "motive" flagged with this meaning in Gone with the Wind.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
?  —3 uses
exact meaning not specified
  • Or did he have some other motive?
    4.36 (48% in)
  • But Scarlett loitered, wondering how to bring up the subject of Ashley without permitting Gerald to suspect her motive.
    1.2 (59% in)
  • I should have recalled that you are just like me and that you never do anything without an ulterior motive.
    4.34 (65% in)

There are no more uses of "motive" in Gone with the Wind.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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