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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That may sound fishy, but we shouldn't "assume people are doing this for base motives in bad faith," says Heather Maclvor, a political science professor at the University of Windsor and an authority on campaign finance reform.
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.
Because I view Harper's as unbalanced, however, I attribute to base motives its choice of genocide literature from France instead of the similar stories that have been collected by many American writers and agencies, most notably the 807-page book Leave None to Tell the Story (1999), put out by the American organization Human Rights Watch and written by historian Alison Des Forges.
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.