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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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  • They learn a sense of self-confidence and self-motivation, and it stays with them into their adult lives.
  • His messed-up attempt at punitive self-motivation was a lot easier than finishing the diss.
  • However, with flexibility comes the added responsibility of self-motivation.
Word Origin and History for self-motivation

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

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