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Police sources said that the attack was driven by domestic political motives. Times, Sunday Times (2017)But she also had political motives for dismissing volunteers. Smithsonian Mag (2017)Detectives said they suspect a commercial motive for the murder. Times, Sunday Times (2016)If the person you are meeting is strongly against the idea, question their motives. The Sun (2016)A suspect was detained but there was no information about a possible motive. Times, Sunday Times (2017)Police have remained tight-lipped about a possible motive for his murder and refused to say if anything was stolen. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Their true motive is to overturn the biggest democratic vote in UK history. The Sun (2016)The incentive crowded out the real motive. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The apparent motive was the murder of a police sergeant as he was leaving a bank. Times, Sunday Times (2015)We must take maximum advantage of the enormous motive forces inherent in the socialist system. Kishlansky, Mark A. (editor) Sources of the West: Readings in Western Civilization, Volume 1: From the Beginning to 1715 (1995)Whether there is such a thing as a profit motive at all is highly doubtful. Peter F. Drucker THE ESSENTIAL DRUCKER (2001)The assailant declared that his motive had been political. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The group continued by questioning the motives of the union president. A Conceptual View of Human Resource Management: Strategic Objectives, Environments, FunctionsWe do not understand the motive for this crime. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Police do not think robbery was a motive. The Sun (2012)We will be looking at all possible motives for this killing. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Your ability to read minds and true motives will keep you ahead in all you do. The Sun (2012)But the rest of the wives are suspicious of their real motives for getting away. The Sun (2014)More than one had a motive for murder. The Sun (2006)Here the motive force behind the whole design is fear. Times, Sunday Times (2007)The profit motive makes theatre become pedestrian. Times, Sunday Times (2013)It is hard not to see a straightforwardly political motive for this exemption. Times, Sunday Times (2015)He questioned the motives for the original policy. Times, Sunday Times (2012)She felt so free from ulterior motives that she took up his charge with a touch of resentment. Edith Wharton The House of Mirth (1905)He cannot afford to draw the unwanted attention of gossip columnists unless he has some ulterior motive for doing so. Turner, Janine Behind Closed Doors - advice for families with violence in the home (1988)It expects very little from fellow human beings and always sees the actions and motives of others through a prism of mistrust. Times, Sunday Times (2014)

Synonyms of 'motive'

reason, motivation, cause, ground(s)
moving, driving, motivating, operative

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