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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.
See also: base, motive

ulterior motive, an

A hidden purpose, a secret reason for saying or doing something. The adjective ulterior originally meant “beyond” or “more distant,” a usage taken from the Latin and dating from the mid-1600s. Less than a century later it began to be used more specifically to mean “beyond what is said or evident.” It then was combined with several nouns—ulterior intentions, ulterior designs, ulterior purpose. Its frequent combination with motive is more recent.
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The following were introduced: age and gender in the first step; the variable "country" (Spain=0; Canada=1) in the second step; the five scales of drinking motives in the third step; the five interactions of country x motive in the last step (see Dawson, 2014).
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During the study, participants were placed in an fMRI scanner and made altruistic decisions driven by an empathy motive (the desire to help a person for whom one feels empathy) or a reciprocity motive (the desire to reciprocate an individual's previous kindness).
Alcatel-Lucent is deploying its Motive Customer Experience Management (CEM) Platform with Videotron, a leading Canadian provider of telecommunication services, to efficiently identify and resolve customer's potential equipment problems.
The four Group Status x Drinking Motive interaction terms were entered simultaneously in Step 2.
26 November 2014 - Motive Television plc (LON:MTV), a UK-based technology-based solution provider in the television sector, said today it had struck a binding agreement to purchase the 32.
Results indicate that (a) classroom effort is correlated positively with the relational motive, the functional motive, the participatory motive, and the sycophancy motive, but not at all with the excuse making motive and (b) perceptions of course workload are not correlated at all with any of the five motives.
They continue with discussions of construction and first properties of motives, Grothendieck's standard conjectures, the finite dimensionality of motives, properties of finite dimensional motives, Chow-Kunneth decomposition and the Picard and Albamese motive, the conjectural Bloch-Beilinson filtration, relative Chow-Kunneth decomposition, and beyond pure motives.
The four Athletic Status x Drinking Motive interaction terms were entered simultaneously on Step 3.
Many circuit courts debated whether the motive and opportunity test for scienter, applied initially by the Second and Third Circuits, survived the passage of the PSLRA.
For example, the aesthetic motive was more important for individual sports, while the motives of eustress, self-esteem, family, group affiliation, and entertainment were more important for team sports.
The motive to perform extra-role behaviors such as organizational citizenship remains a compelling and unresolved issue.
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris:ALU) (NYSE: ALU), a communications solutions provider, announced on Tuesday (17 June) that the company has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Motive Inc (OTC: MOTV), a provider of service management software for broadband and mobile data service.
The amount of time volunteers devoted to the hospice and length of service were only weakly related to either motive or motive fulfillment.