motivation

[ moh-tuh-vey-shuhn ]
/ ˌmoʊ təˈveɪ ʃən /

noun

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.

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Origin of motivation

First recorded in 1870–75; motive + -ation

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British Dictionary definitions for motivational

motivation
/ (ˌməʊtɪˈveɪʃən) /

noun

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 forms of motivation

motivational, adjectivemotivative, adjective
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