follow Dictionary.com

Stories We Like: Novels For Language Lovers

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:
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
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for motivations
  • Students should include the motivations that caused the movement of family members.
  • All had powerful personal motivations to make the initiative work.
  • Some of them have to do with your particular interests, capabilities, and motivations.
  • Especially considering that the rich get richer, every profession has financial motivations.
  • It is well recognized that infants have no awareness of their own state, emotions and motivations.
  • Given those motivations, printed money may well disappear in the future.
  • Non-teleological thinking isn't a choice for them so perhaps they are unable to understand other people's motivations.
  • Amazing, look at the science how they make snap decisions about the motivations of others without data or reasons to back it up.
  • Winning depended on speed, which reduced the time for reflection and concentrated on immediate responses and motivations.
  • But there are many other motivations for starting my own space, and those come into play too.
Word Origin and History for motivations

motivation

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for motivation

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for motivations

16
19
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with motivations