(n.) Final cause; end; purpose of obtaining; cause; motive; reason; interest; concern; account; regard or respect; -- used chiefly in such phrases as, for the sake of, for his sake, for man's sake, for mercy's sake, and the like; as, to commit crime for the sake of gain; to go abroad for the sake of one's health.

account advantage aim ambition animus aspiration basis behalf benefit calling cause consideration counsel desideration desideratum design desire determination effect fixed purpose function gain goal good ground guiding light guiding star idea ideal inspiration intendment intent intention lodestar mainspring matter meaning mind motive nisus objectives plan point principle profit project proposal prospectus purpose purposes reason reasons resolution resolve score source spring striving study ulterior motive view vocation welfare well-being will


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