View synonyms for motivation


[ moh-tuh-vey-shuhn ]


  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.

    Synonyms: impetus, cause, inducement, inspiration, motive

  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.

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Other Words From

  • mo·ti·va·tion·al adjective
  • mo·ti·va·tive [moh, -t, uh, -vey-tiv], adjective
  • de·mo·ti·va·tion noun
  • non·mo·ti·va·tion noun
  • re·mo·ti·va·tion noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of motivation1

First recorded in 1870–75; motive + -ation

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Example Sentences

Paying publishers to post to the platform, however, could be motivation enough for revenue-focused publishers to make more of an effort.

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There’s ample motivation to push computing to its bitter limits and beyond.

In that talk, they mentioned that their motivation for schema markup was to be able to optimize content for both voice and search.

While it’s too early to say whether this crisis of conscience among advertisers is the result of deep introspection or canny PR, it’s got a lot easier for advertisers to act on either motivation thanks to curated marketplaces.

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Part of his motivation is likely that as chief justice, he feels a responsibility to ensure that the court maintains its reputation as an even-handed institution.

“You ask me my motivation,” Marvin says, moving back into his tough guy persona again.

The mass dump suggests that whoever did this, their primary motivation was to embarrass Sony Pictures.

That is, we discussed character motivation, situation, and story continuity.

As the recruitment process begins, the question of motivation could also prove to be a hurdle.

At least part of the motivation for that change came from people coming out of the closet and putting a human face on the insult.

We must also commend Harris for supplying a consistent and relatively believable motivation for the main action.

His motivation of the dietary laws on the score of hygiene or of moderation and self-restraint is probably not true.

Certain crowd-movements in America to-day give marked evidence of this unconscious motivation.

Normally I wouldn't have bothered, but he had a rather special motivation.

Part of his motivation had been provided by the oil-beetle larvae.