Motive


Motive
(Roget's Thesaurus)
<- N
PARAG:Motive->N
GRP: \\ N \\ 1
Sgm: \\ N \\ 1 \\ motive
motive
springs of action
wellsprings of action
GRP: \\ N \\ 2
Sgm: \\ N \\ 2 \\ reason
reason
ground
call
principle
Sgm: \\ N \\ 2 \\ by end
by end
by purpose
Sgm: \\ N \\ 2 \\ mainspring
mainspring
primum mobile
keystone
Sgm: \\ N \\ 2 \\ the why and the wherefore
the why and the wherefore
Sgm: \\ N \\ 2 \\ pro and con
pro and con
reason why
Sgm: \\ N \\ 2 \\ secret motive
secret motive
arriere pensee
Sgm: \\ N \\ 2 \\ intention
intention
&c. 620
GRP: \\ N \\ 3
Sgm: \\ N \\ 3 \\ inducement
inducement
consideration
Sgm: \\ N \\ 3 \\ attraction
attraction
Sgm: \\ N \\ 3 \\ loadstone
loadstone
Sgm: \\ N \\ 3 \\ magnet
magnet
magnetism
magnetic force
Sgm: \\ N \\ 3 \\ allectation|
allectation|
allective|
Sgm: \\ N \\ 3 \\ temptation
temptation
enticement
agacerie
allurement
witchery
Sgm: \\ N \\ 3 \\ bewitchment
bewitchment
bewitchery
Sgm: \\ N \\ 3 \\ charm
charm
Sgm: \\ N \\ 3 \\ spell
spell
&c. 993
Sgm: \\ N \\ 3 \\ fascination
fascination
blandishment
cajolery
Sgm: \\ N \\ 3 \\ seduction
seduction
seducement
Sgm: \\ N \\ 3 \\ honeyed words
honeyed words
voice of the tempter
song of the Sirens forbidden fruit
golden apple
GRP: \\ N \\ 4
Sgm: \\ N \\ 4 \\ persuasibility
persuasibility
persuasibleness
Sgm: \\ N \\ 4 \\ attractability
attractability
Sgm: \\ N \\ 4 \\ impressibility
impressibility
susceptibility
Sgm: \\ N \\ 4 \\ softness
softness
Sgm: \\ N \\ 4 \\ persuasiveness
persuasiveness
attractiveness
Sgm: \\ N \\ 4 \\ tantalization
tantalization
GRP: \\ N \\ 5
Sgm: \\ N \\ 5 \\ influence
influence
prompting
dictate
instance
Sgm: \\ N \\ 5 \\ impulse
impulse
impulsion
Sgm: \\ N \\ 5 \\ incitement
incitement
incitation
Sgm: \\ N \\ 5 \\ press
press
instigation
Sgm: \\ N \\ 5 \\ provocation
provocation
&c.(excitation of feeling) 824
Sgm: \\ N \\ 5 \\ inspiration
inspiration
Sgm: \\ N \\ 5 \\ persuasion
persuasion
suasion
Sgm: \\ N \\ 5 \\ encouragement
encouragement
advocacy
Sgm: \\ N \\ 5 \\ exhortation
exhortation
Sgm: \\ N \\ 5 \\ advice
advice
&c. 695
Sgm: \\ N \\ 5 \\ solicitation
solicitation
&c.(request) 765
Sgm: \\ N \\ 5 \\ lobbyism
lobbyism
Sgm: \\ N \\ 5 \\ pull
pull
???>*
GRP: \\ N \\ 6
Sgm: \\ N \\ 6 \\ incentive
incentive
stimulus
spur
fillip
whip
goad
ankus
rowel
provocative
whet
dram
GRP: \\ N \\ 7
Sgm: \\ N \\ 7 \\ bribe
bribe
lure
Sgm: \\ N \\ 7 \\ decoy
decoy
decoy duck
Sgm: \\ N \\ 7 \\ bait
bait
trail of a red herring
Sgm: \\ N \\ 7 \\ bribery and corruption
bribery and corruption
Sgm: \\ N \\ 7 \\ sop
sop
sop for Cerberus
GRP: \\ N \\ 8
Sgm: \\ N \\ 8 \\ prompter
prompter
tempter
Sgm: \\ N \\ 8 \\ seducer
seducer
seductor
Sgm: \\ N \\ 8 \\ instigator
instigator
firebrand
incendiary
Sgm: \\ N \\ 8 \\ Siren
Siren
Circe
Sgm: \\ N \\ 8 \\ agent provocateur
agent provocateur
Sgm: \\ N \\ 8 \\ lobbyist
lobbyist
PARAG:Motive->V
GRP: \\ V \\ 1
Sgm: \\ V \\ 1 \\ induce
induce
move
Sgm: \\ V \\ 1 \\ draw
draw
draw on
Sgm: \\ V \\ 1 \\ bring in its train
bring in its train
give an impulse
&c.->N.
Sgm: \\ V \\ 1 \\ to
to
Sgm: \\ V \\ 1 \\ inspire
inspire
Sgm: \\ V \\ 1 \\ put up to
put up to
prompt
call up
Sgm: \\ V \\ 1 \\ attract
attract
beckon
GRP: \\ V \\ 2
Sgm: \\ V \\ 2 \\ stimulate
stimulate
&c.(excite) 824
Sgm: \\ V \\ 2 \\ spirit up
spirit up
inspirit
Sgm: \\ V \\ 2 \\ rouse
rouse
arouse
Sgm: \\ V \\ 2 \\ animate
animate
incite
provoke
instigate
set on
actuate
GRP: \\ V \\ 3
Sgm: \\ V \\ 3 \\ act upon
act upon
work upon
operate upon
Sgm: \\ V \\ 3 \\ encourage
encourage
Sgm: \\ V \\ 3 \\ pat on the back
pat on the back
pat on the shoulder
clap on the back
clap on the shoulder
GRP: \\ V \\ 4
Sgm: \\ V \\ 4 \\ influence
influence
weigh with
bias
sway
incline
dispose
predispose
turn the scale
inoculate
Sgm: \\ V \\ 4 \\ lead by the nose
lead by the nose
Sgm: \\ V \\ 4 \\ have influence with
have influence with
have influence over
have influence upon
exercise influence with
exercise influence over
exercise influence upon
Sgm: \\ V \\ 4 \\ go round
go round
come round one
Sgm: \\ V \\ 4 \\ turn the head
turn the head
magnetize
Sgm: \\ V \\ 4 \\ lobby
lobby
GRP: \\ V \\ 5
Sgm: \\ V \\ 5 \\ persuade
persuade
Sgm: \\ V \\ 5 \\ prevail with
prevail with
prevail upon
Sgm: \\ V \\ 5 \\ overcome
overcome
carry
Sgm: \\ V \\ 5 \\ bring round to one's senses
bring round to one's senses
bring to one's senses
Sgm: \\ V \\ 5 \\ draw over
draw over
win over
gain over
come over
talk over
Sgm: \\ V \\ 5 \\ procure
procure
enlist
engage
Sgm: \\ V \\ 5 \\ invite
invite
court
GRP: \\ V \\ 6
Sgm: \\ V \\ 6 \\ tempt
tempt
seduce
overpersuade
entice
allure
captivate
fascinate
bewitch
carry away
charm
conciliate
wheedle
coax
lure
Sgm: \\ V \\ 6 \\ inveigle
inveigle
Sgm: \\ V \\ 6 \\ tantalize
tantalize
Sgm: \\ V \\ 6 \\ cajole
cajole
&c.(deceive) 545
GRP: \\ V \\ 7
Sgm: \\ V \\ 7 \\ tamper with
tamper with
bribe
suborn
grease the palm
bait with a silver hook
gild the pill
make things pleasant
put a sop into the pan
throw a sop to
bait the hook
GRP: \\ V \\ 8
Sgm: \\ V \\ 8 \\ enforce
enforce
force
Sgm: \\ V \\ 8 \\ impel
impel
&c.(push) 276
Sgm: \\ V \\ 8 \\ propel
propel
&c. 284
Sgm: \\ V \\ 8 \\ whip
whip
lash
goad
spur
prick
urge
Sgm: \\ V \\ 8 \\ egg on
egg on
hound
hurry on
Sgm: \\ V \\ 8 \\ drag
drag
&c. 285
Sgm: \\ V \\ 8 \\ exhort
exhort
Sgm: \\ V \\ 8 \\ advise
advise
&c. 695
Sgm: \\ V \\ 8 \\ call upon
call upon
&c. press
&c.(request) 765
Sgm: \\ V \\ 8 \\ advocate
advocate
GRP: \\ V \\ 9
Sgm: \\ V \\ 9 \\ set an example
set an example
set the fashion
Sgm: \\ V \\ 9 \\ keep in countenance
keep in countenance
GRP: \\ V \\ 10
Sgm: \\ V \\ 10 \\ be persuaded
be persuaded
&c.???
yield to temptation
come round
Sgm: \\ V \\ 10 \\ concede
concede
&c.(consent) 762
Sgm: \\ V \\ 10 \\ obey a call
obey a call
Sgm: \\ V \\ 10 \\ follow advice
follow advice
follow the bent
GRP: \\ V \\ 11
Sgm: \\ V \\ 11 \\ follow the dictates of
follow the dictates of
Sgm: \\ V \\ 11 \\ act on principle
act on principle
PARAG:Motive->Adj
GRP: \\ Adj \\ 1
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 1 \\ impulsive
impulsive
motive
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 1 \\ suasive
suasive
suasory
persuasive
persuasory
hortative
hortatory
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 1 \\ protreptical|
protreptical|
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 1 \\ inviting
inviting
tempting
&c.->V.
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 1 \\ suasive
suasive
suasory
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 1 \\ seductive
seductive
attractive
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 1 \\ fascinating
fascinating
&c.(pleasing) 829
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 1 \\ provocative
provocative
&c.(exciting) 824
GRP: \\ Adj \\ 2
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 2 \\ induced
induced
&c.->V.
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 2 \\ disposed
disposed
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 2 \\ persuadable
persuadable
&c.(docile) 602
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 2 \\ spellbound
spellbound
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 2 \\ instinct with
instinct with
smitten with
infatuated
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 2 \\ inspired
inspired
&c.->V.
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 2 \\ by
by
PARAG:Motive->Adv
GRP: \\ Adv \\ 1
Sgm: \\ Adv \\ 1 \\ because
because
therefore
&c.(cause) 155
Sgm: \\ Adv \\ 1 \\ from this motive
from this motive
from that motive
Sgm: \\ Adv \\ 1 \\ for this reason
for this reason
for that reason
Sgm: \\ Adv \\ 1 \\ for
for
Sgm: \\ Adv \\ 1 \\ by reason of
by reason of
for the sake of
count of
Sgm: \\ Adv \\ 1 \\ out of
out of
from
as
forasmuch as
GRP: \\ Adv \\ 2
Sgm: \\ Adv \\ 2 \\ for all the world
for all the world
Sgm: \\ Adv \\ 2 \\ on principle
on principle

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