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Motive, 1) that which determines the choice and moves the will; cause, reason: “what m. may be stronger with thee than the name of wife?” John III, 1, 313. “if these be --s weak, break off betimes,” Caes. II, 1, 116. “why left you wife and child, those precious --s, those strong knots of love?” Mcb. IV, 3, 27. “the very place puts toys of desperation, without more m., into every brain,” Hml. I, 4, 76. “whose m. should stir me most,” V, 2, 256. “thy safety being the m.” Lr. I, 1, 159. With “of. the grounds and --s of her woe,” Compl. 63. “all impediments in fancy's course are --s of more fancy,” All's V, 3, 215. “this is the main m. of our preparations,” Hml. I, 1, 105. With for: “this was your m. for Paris?” All's I, 3, 236. had he the m. and the cue for passion “that I have,” Hml. II, 2, 587. “you had a m. for it,” Cymb. V, 5, 268. With to: “your three --s to the battle,” Cymb. V, 5, 268 With a clause: “the first m. that I wooed thee,” Wiv. III, 4, 14. “the other m. why to a public count I might not go,” Hml. IV, 7, 16.
Applied to persons, == author (cf. Cause): “nor are they living who are the --s that you first went out,” Tim. V, 4, 27. “am I the m. of these tears?” Oth. IV, 2, 43 (Qq occasion). “myself, the ignorant m., do so far ask pardon,” Ant. II, 2, 96.
2) instrument: “heaven hath fated her to be my m. and helper to a husband,” All's IV, 4, 20. the slavish m. of recanting fear (i. e. the tongue) R2 I, 1, 193. “for me, the gold of France did not seduce, although I did admit it as a m. the sooner to effect what I intended,” H5 II, 2, 156. “her wanton spirits look out at every joint and m. of her body,” Troil. IV, 5, 57.
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