irrational motive

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Noun1.irrational motive - a motivation that is inconsistent with reason or logic
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"
irrational impulse - a strong spontaneous and irrational motivation; "his first impulse was to denounce them"; "the urge to find out got him into trouble"
cacoethes, mania, passion - an irrational but irresistible motive for a belief or action
obsession, compulsion - an irrational motive for performing trivial or repetitive actions, even against your will; "her compulsion to wash her hands repeatedly"
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This analysis emphasizes materialist reasons for working-class and leisure-class hunting and fishing, whereas Matt Cartmill's View to a Death in the Morning (Harvard, 1999) stresses symbolic, irrational motives.
Seen in this light, suicide bombing is explicable in terms of rationally motivated actions, and not in terms of theological and/or irrational motives," he said.
Unfortunately, history teaches us that for those who respect only force and see it as an instrument for realizing their ambitions, or for those driven by irrational motives like fear or the lust for domination, such discussion, diplomacy, and negotiation will be mere tactics for furthering those strategic goals.