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motivation

[moh-tuh-vey-shuh n] /ˌmoʊ təˈveɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act or an instance of motivating, or providing with a reason to act in a certain way:
I don't understand what her motivation was for quitting her job.
2.
the state or condition of being motivated or having a strong reason to act or accomplish something:
We know that these students have strong motivation to learn.
3.
something that motivates; inducement; incentive:
Clearly, the company's long-term motivation is profit.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; motive + -ation
Related forms
motivational, adjective
motivative, adjective
antimotivational, adjective
demotivation, noun
nonmotivation, noun
nonmotivational, adjective
remotivation, noun
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Examples from the web for motivational
  • Bond is a travel expert, spokesperson and motivational speaker.
  • Any innate influences on behavior operate within individuals, mainly at the perceptual and motivational levels.
  • He is always the favorite in closest-to-the-pin contests at resort-hotel motivational conferences.
  • It was a big win, in a big way, the kind of motivational factor that can decide an outcome down the stretch.
  • Once he accepts the inevitable and returns to the motivational speaking circuit, he will do fine.
  • Meanwhile, these guys have limited intellectual and motivational resources, yet they are getting a free ride.
  • The ability to fire is not the primary motivational tool for working professionals.
  • Bitterness may be motivational for adolescents, but it's utterly unsustainable for adults.
  • The usual cognitive and motivational processes that steer behavior in socially desirable paths no longer guide people.
  • But as a framework for many people, and as tool to inspire them, its motivational abilities are without question.
British Dictionary definitions for motivational

motivation

/ˌməʊtɪˈveɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act or an instance of motivating
2.
desire to do; interest or drive
3.
incentive or inducement
4.
(psychol) the process that arouses, sustains and regulates human and animal behaviour
Derived Forms
motivational, adjective
motivative, adjective
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Word Origin and History for motivational
adj.

1931, from motivation + -al (1).

motivation

n.

1873, from motivate + -ion. Psychological use, "inner or social stimulus for an action," is from 1904.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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