base motive


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base motive

Motivation for some action or actions that is guided by selfishness or moral depravity. It is clear now that his decision to marry into her wealthy family was led purely by base motives. I don't believe the defendant had any base motives in this case. I think she was well-intentioned but naïve about the repercussions of her actions.
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Batra identifies changes in Greenspan's positions and asserts such changes were the result of base motives.
The Duke of Northumberland, speaking exclusively to The Journal, defends himself from misinformed London-based critics who have divined all sorts of base motives in his decision to sell the Raphael masterpiece.
KUGN will be widely suspected of base motives, but for listeners, Carlin for Savage is the best trade of the week.
Vickers showed no emotion as the judge went on: "Thereafter you carefully groomed this little boy so he stayed on the bus for the rest of the day for your own base motives.
Their presumption that honest people who enter politics hoping to make changes for the better have only base motives tells us much more about themselves than about the people they so freely criticise.
But this has nothing to do with the kind of base motives your article and leader seek to attribute to us.