Definition of "motive"
  1. A likely reason or incentive for someone committing a crime, which could be emotions, such as jealousy, or desires, like greed or revenge
How to use "motive" in a sentence
  1. The robbery's motive was assumed to be financial gain.
  2. He had a strong motive for committing the fraud--paying off his huge debts.
  3. Given the disagreements between the two, investigating officers are considering revenge as a possible motive.

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