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motive
used in The Sunlight Dialogues

4 uses
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1  —3 uses as in:
What is her motive?
Definition
a reason for doing something
  • Assuming all motives in the world were hate and selfishness, Paxton had guessed right again.
    13 — Nah ist—und schwer zu fassen der Gott (85% in)
  • And, to his credit, whether his motives, ultimately, were right or wrong, Figlow could be trusted to make no trouble; he would simply watch him and wait patiently, skeptical of the future, as always, but hoping for the best.
    5 — Hunting Wild Asses (21% in)
  • I recognize the megalomania in myself, and I recognize that I must make perfectly sure that my motives are as pure as possible.
    5 — Hunting Wild Asses (94% in)

There are no more uses of "motive" flagged with this meaning in The Sunlight Dialogues.

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exact meaning not specified
  • Breaking laws was moronic, whatever the motive; and, what was more, law-breaking meant more dull, petty work on Figlow's desk.
    5 — Hunting Wild Asses (20% in)

There are no more uses of "motive" in The Sunlight Dialogues.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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