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.
- mo·ti·va·tion·al, adjective
- mo·ti·va·tive [moh-tuh-vey-tiv], /ˈmoʊ təˌveɪ tɪv/, adjective
- de·mo·ti·va·tion, noun
- non·mo·ti·va·tion, noun
- re·mo·ti·va·tion, noun
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How to use motivation in a sentence
“My learning has declined and my motivation has gone down,” he said.“I had to beg for books:” Indian international students are living the nightmare of online classes | Amanat Khullar | October 9, 2020 | Quartz
The motivation may have been an innocuous attempt to follow Pennsylvania rules barring ballots sent back without the proper envelope.The Justice Department May Have Violated Attorney General Barr’s Own Policy Memo | by Robert Faturechi and Justin Elliott | October 6, 2020 | ProPublica
Lack of sunshine can be pretty impactful on your motivation.
When times are good, there’s little motivation to shift attention away from a lucrative sector.After the boom: Canada’s oil capital faces an uncertain future | kdunn6 | September 21, 2020 | Fortune
Thus, if you declare what you want and you have a motivation to act, your behavior will change.How a vacation—or a pandemic—can help you adopt better habits now | matthewheimer | September 12, 2020 | Fortune
British Dictionary definitions for motivation
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
- motivational, adjective
- motivative, adjective
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