[ moh-tuh-vey-shuh n ]
/ ˌmoʊ təˈveɪ ʃən /


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.
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.
something that motivates; inducement; incentive: Clearly, the company's long-term motivation is profit.

Nearby words

  1. motion sickness,
  2. motion study,
  3. motion work,
  4. motionless,
  5. motivate,
  6. motivation research,
  7. motivational,
  8. motivational research,
  9. motivator,
  10. motive

Origin of motivation

First recorded in 1870–75; motive + -ation

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for demotivation


/ (ˌməʊtɪˈveɪʃən) /


the act or an instance of motivating
desire to do; interest or drive
incentive or inducement
psychol the process that arouses, sustains and regulates human and animal behaviour
Derived Formsmotivational, adjectivemotivative, adjective

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Word Origin and History for demotivation



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper