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[self-moh-tuh-vey-shuh n] /ˈsɛlfˌmoʊ təˈveɪ ʃən/
initiative to undertake or continue a task or activity without another's prodding or supervision.
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self-motivated, adjective Unabridged
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  • Additionally, they must be self-motivated and able to work in an environment where they receive little direct supervision.
  • What you describe is great for the already self-motivated patient.
  • When he begins talking about higher education he specifically talks about self-motivated students.
  • The students broke into two groups: self-motivated and not- motivated.
  • Students must be highly disciplined and self-motivated to succeed in this type of learning environment.
  • These students are self-motivated with hopes of attending a prestigious college.
  • The only downside is that to wade through a bureaucracy this thick, you really need to be self-motivated.
  • Part two discusses beginning the process of helping students to become self-motivated and successful.
  • He is self-motivated and eager to please his caregivers.
  • The applicant must be self-motivated and goal oriented.
British Dictionary definitions for self-motivated


motivitated or driven by oneself or one's own desires, without any external agency
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Word Origin and History for self-motivated



1980 (self-motivated attested from 1949), from self- + motivation. Related: Self-motivational.

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