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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Mo·tive, a. Causing motion; having power to move, or tending to move; as, a motive argument; motive power. Motive faculty.”
 Motive power Mach., a natural agent, as water, steam, wind, electricity, etc., used to impart motion to machinery; a motor; a mover.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 motive power
      n : the power or ability to move [syn: locomotion, motivity]