motiveless


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.motiveless - occurring without motivation or provocationmotiveless - occurring without motivation or provocation; "motiveless malignity"; "unprovoked and dastardly attack"- F.D.Roosevelt
unmotivated - without motivation
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
Translations

motiveless

[ˈməʊtɪvlɪs] ADVsin motivo, inmotivado
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

motiveless

adjgrundlos, ohne Motiv, unmotiviert
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
References in classic literature ?
As an example of motiveless degradation of character, we have Menelaus in the Orestes: of character indecorous and inappropriate, the lament of Odysseus in the Scylla, and the speech of Melanippe: of inconsistency, the Iphigenia at Aulis,--for Iphigenia the suppliant in no way resembles her later self.
Every leaf was at rest in the sunshine, the familiar scene was changeless, and seemed to represent the prospect of her life, full of motiveless ease--motiveless, if her own energy could not seek out reasons for ardent action.
Poor Hetty's vision of consequences, at no time more than a narrow fantastic calculation of her own probable pleasures and pains, was now quite shut out by reckless irritation under present suffering, and she was ready for one of those convulsive, motiveless actions by which wretched men and women leap from a temporary sorrow into a lifelong misery.
Terence Ollerton was jailed for a 'brutal, senseless and motiveless attack' in 2000.
Her book 'Odd Man Out - A Motiveless Murder?' raises a number of issues, in particular whether the police accepted Maggie's confession too quickly.
Frenzied Leathem stabbed and slashed his defenceless 15-year-old victim at least 146 times in a senseless and motiveless murder that sickened Scotland.
As for the dialogue, lines about "motiveless malignity", the "duality of man" and "death's raven wing" will make your eyeballs roll so far back, you may actually be able to see your own brain.
A MAN has been sentenced to 12 years after stabbing his victim in a "random and motiveless" attack.
It's a motiveless crime, and the police must work out why he was attacked - a single black glove found at the scene may hold a vital clue, or be a timewasting red herring.
During sentencing at the High Court in Glasgow yesterday, judge Lady Rae told him he had committed a "brutal, senseless and motiveless" crime against a defenceless woman.
The judge spoke of her "regret" that she could not jail the jobless loner for longer for the "brutal, senseless, motiveless attack on a defenceless young woman".