Motive vs Motile - What's the difference?

motive | motile |

As a verb motive

is .

As an adjective motile is

(biology) having the power to move spontaneously.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(en noun)
  • (obsolete) An idea or communication that makes one want to act, especially from spiritual sources; a divine prompting.
  • *, III.2.1.ii:
  • *:there's something in a woman beyond all human delight; a magnetic virtue, a charming quality, an occult and powerful motive .
  • An incentive to act in a particular way; a reason or emotion that makes one want to do something; anything that prompts a choice of action.
  • * 1947 , (Malcolm Lowry), Under the Volcano :
  • Many of them at first seemed kind to him, but it turned out their motives were not entirely altruistic.
  • (obsolete, rare) A limb or other bodily organ that can move.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • (legal) Something which causes someone to want to commit a crime; a reason for criminal behaviour.
  • What would his motive be for burning down the cottage?
    No-one could understand why she had hidden the shovel; her motives were obscure at best.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1931, author=
  • , chapter=10/6, title= Death Walks in Eastrepps , passage=“Why should Eldridge commit murder?
  • (architecture, fine arts) A motif.
  • (music) A motif; a theme or subject, especially one that is central to the work or often repeated.
  • If you listen carefully, you can hear the flutes mimicking the cello motive .


    * (incentive ) motivation * (creative works ) motif


  • To prompt or incite by a motive or motives; to move.
  • Synonyms

    * motivate


  • Causing motion; having power to move, or tending to move; as, a motive argument; motive power.
  • * 1658 , Sir Thomas Browne, The Garden of Cyrus , Folio Society 2007, p. 195:
  • In the motive parts of animals may be discovered mutuall proportions; not only in those of Quadrupeds, but in the thigh-bone, legge, foot-bone, and claws of Birds.
  • Relating to motion and/or to its cause
  • Synonyms

    * moving * (relating to motion) motional


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    (en adjective)
  • (biology) having the power to move spontaneously
  • * {{quote-book
  • , date = 1993-05-06 , title = A Dead Man in Deptford , first = Anthony , last = Burgess , authorlink = Anthony Burgess , location = London , publisher = Hutchinson , isbn = 9780091779771 , ol = 1047075M , passage = It seemed to him that, if there were a Holy Trinity as the churches taught, this must be unified through a manner of capillary action, Father merging into Son and both into Holy Ghost. So God is motile as the blood is. }}
  • * {{quote-video
  • , date = 2010-01-21 , episode = The Proof in the Pudding , title = , season = 5 , number = 12 , at = 1:27 , people = (Emily Deschanel) , role = , passage = And even if they use condoms, Wendell is young. His sperm is likely to be extremely motile . }}
  • (psychology) of or relating to those mental images that arise from the sensations of bodily movement and position
  • Antonyms

    * sessile