rational motive


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Noun1.rational motive - a motive that can be defended by reasoning or logical argument
motivation, motive, need - the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior; "we did not understand his motivation"; "he acted with the best of motives"
reason, ground - a rational motive for a belief or action; "the reason that war was declared"; "the grounds for their declaration"
incentive, inducement, motivator - a positive motivational influence
deterrence, disincentive - a negative motivational influence
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This is truly an inexplicable situation; there was no apparent, rational motive to the best of our knowledge .
It has been suggested that a rational motive for attracting individuals to public service is the opportunity to participate in the formulation of public policy and maximize their own need for power and self-importance.
Although Tellabs states that absence of motive allegations is not fatal to a complaint, (213) commentators found that no case without an economically rational motive has survived dismissal.
There was no rational motive for this offence whatsoever," he said.
Jonathan Laidlaw QC, prosecuting, said Jill died at the hands of "a loner, a man acting alone with no rational motive to kill".
Mr Laidlaw said Miss Dando's death was the result of the actions of "a loner, a man acting alone with no rational motive to kill".
Jonathan Laidlaw QC, prosecuting, said Miss Dando's death was the result of the actions of "a loner, a man acting alone with no rational motive to kill".
In analyzing the use made of the sources for Jack Cade's rebellion, for example, she notes how Shakespeare erases any rational motive for the rebels' behavior while at the same time moving beyond Hall's rather simplistic post hoc ergo propter hoc argumentation.
THE decomposing serial killer genre gets a new lease of life from this French thriller that is almost unique in giving the killer a rational motive.
He told the judge: "This horrible and tragic event has no rational motive.
Mr Tabor said: 'This utterly horrible and tragic event has no rational motive.
In retrospect, that motivational factors cannot always be reduced to a single rational motive of material interest or net income has been recognized by sociologists as well as some economists, contrary to the economic approach that performs this reduction and thus makes exploring these factors seem tautological.