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Charles Buck Theological Dictionary
That which moves, excites, or invites the mind to volition. It may be one thing singly, or many things conjunctly. Some call it a faculty of the mind, by which we pursue good and avoid evil.
See WILL; Edwards on the Will, p. 7, 8, 124, 259, 384; Toplady's Works, vol. 2: p. 41, 42.
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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Motive'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/cbd/m/motive.html. 1802.