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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 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.
British Dictionary definitions for motivations

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 motivations

motivation

n.

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

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