Motive Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Motive, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Motive?

In the criminal law, it refers to the reasons because of which the person commited the crime. It can be greed, malice, fear, revenge or anything which makes the state of mind belief or emotionally binding to commit certain act which can be a crime.The prosecution need not have an evidence to proof the motive unlike the “intent” which needs to be proved.