- 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.
Origin of motivation
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Examples from the Web for motivational
LeGrand went on to write two books, become a motivational speaker, and finish his Rutgers degree via Skype.My Commencement Speech to Rutgers’ Geniuses: Go Forth and Fail
P. J. O’Rourke
May 18, 2014
Canadian curler Cheryl Bernard wrote a book about curling and is a motivational speaker.Curling: Your New Olympic Addiction, Explained
February 13, 2014
My final new year, new experience is a 2-day motivational course called The Life Event.Thai Curry Therapy At London’s L’Atelier Des Chefs
February 3, 2014
On Thursday Steenkamp was scheduled to give a motivational speech to students in Johannesburg.Blade Runner’s Beauty Queen: Who Was Reeva Steenkamp?
February 14, 2013
Like a motivational speaker, he asks only that Americans believe in themselves.The Anti-Reagan: Even A Hologram Of The Gipper Overshadows Mitt Romney
September 1, 2012
Fancy packaging designed by some of the most competent commercial artists and motivational research men in the country.Subversive
Dallas McCord Reynolds
It has deprived the groups of their cohesion and the individual of his motivational drive.The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 1 (of 6)
Hippolyte A. Taine
- 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
Word Origin and History for motivational
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