motivation

[moh-tuh-vey-shuhn]
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. motive, inspiration, inducement, cause, impetus.
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:
1870–75; motive + -ation

motivational, adjective
motivative, adjective
antimotivational, adjective
demotivation, noun
nonmotivation, noun
nonmotivational, adjective
remotivation, noun
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motivation (ˌməʊtɪˈveɪʃən)
 
n
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
 
motivational
 
adj
 
motivative
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

motivation
1873, from motivate. Psychological use, "inner or social stimulus for an action," is from 1904.
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Example sentences
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.
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