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Motive or motif are terms that turn up in many different forms in literature and other creative works, as well as other fields such as business and law.

Look up motif in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.

A motif may be a recurring fragment, theme or pattern in a creative work:

In biochemistry:

A motive may relate to intent:

In music:


  • In business, a thought pattern with feelings and values which leads to energised behaviour.
  • Motive Inc, a software company.
  • Motif (widget toolkit), a graphical user interface toolkit used in software development
  • Aston Motif, a range of character generators manufactured by Aston Broadcast Systems.
  • In Rich Media Technology, DART Motif - [1]. Motif integrates the best of interactive design, ad serving and reporting into a sophisticated rich media solution

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