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2. Alternative spelling of motif; a theme or subject, especially ...[etc]"

This is incorrect and untrue. "Motive" is a synonym of, NOT an "alternative spelling" of, "Motif". The two words are in all cases pronounced differently. "Motif" is pronounced in English as "mo-TEEF", with an "f" sound. Even when used as a synonym for "motif", "motive" is usually pronounced as "MO-tiv" but also less frequently as "mo-TEEV", with a "v" sound - never with an "f" sound.

See American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language: motive, and Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary, 11th Edition: motive.
Milkunderwood 15:24, 26 September 2010 (UTC)

I have made changes - see History of main Entry for details. Milkunderwood 17:39, 26 September 2010 (UTC)