The words 'motive and motivation'


Do you think that 'motive and motivation' are interchangeable for the same meaning? Thank you so much in advance and take good care.

asked Jan 28 '13 at 02:02 Hans Contributor

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In my opinion they can be used interchangeably when used as a noun. See the common phrase "means, motive, opportunity."


However, the two words are not identical in meaning, as motive is also an adjective, e.g. "motive force."

link comment answered May 26 '16 at 12:04 Michael de Selincourt New member

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