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motive [ˈməutɪv] noun
pl. motives
le motif m
What was his motive for doing it?
Quelle était son motif de le faire ?
le mobile m (reason)
The motive for the murder is not yet known.
Le mobile du meurtre n'est pas encore connu.
l' occasion f (excuse)
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Phrases (4)

  1. ulterior motive - motif secret
  2. asset motive - motivation de l'actif
  3. precautionary motive - motif de prévention
  4. profit motive - motivation par le profit

Contexts

What was his motive for doing it? Quelle était son motif de le faire ?
The motive for the murder is not yet known. Le mobile du meurtre n'est pas encore connu.
These days, the motives for marriage are not necessarily pure. Ces jours-ci, les motifs derrière le mariage ne sont pas nécessairement purs.
Friendship in itself is something very vague and even in cases of same-sex friendships, it takes many shapes and is brought on by many different motives. L'amitié est en elle-même quelque chose de très vague et, même dans les cas d'amitiés entre mêmes sexes, elle prend de nombreuses formes et est inspirée par de nombreux mobiles différents.
As the play develops, the real motives of the protagonist become clear. La pièce se déployant, les motifs réels du protagoniste deviennent clairs.

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