1. [syn: locomotion, motive power, motivity]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Motive \Mo"tive\, a.
Causing motion; having power to move, or tending to move; as,
a motive argument; motive power. "Motive faculty." --Bp.
Motive power (Mach.), a natural agent, as water, steam,
wind, electricity, etc., used to impart motion to
machinery; a motor; a mover.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the power or ability to move [syn: locomotion, motive
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
60 Moby Thesaurus words for "motive power":
activator, animator, appliance, arouser, bunt, butt, clout,
compulsion, convenience, drive, driving force, energizer, engine,
enginery, facility, fixture, human dynamo, impellent,
impelling force, impetus, impulse, impulsion, incentive,
incitement, irresistible force, life, locomotion, machine,
machinery, mechanical aid, mechanical device, mechanism, mobility,
moment, momentum, motility, motivating force, motivity, motor,
movableness, power, power plant, power source, propelling,
propelment, propulsion, pulsion, push, pushing, restorative, shove,
shoving, shunt, spark plug, stimulant, stimulator, stimulus,
thrust, tonic, utility