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self-motivation

[self-moh-tuh-vey-shuh n]
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noun
  1. initiative to undertake or continue a task or activity without another's prodding or supervision.
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Related formsself-mo·ti·vat·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for self-motivated

self-motivated

adjective
  1. motivitated or driven by oneself or one's own desires, without any external agency
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Word Origin and History for self-motivated

self-motivation

n.

1980 (self-motivated attested from 1949), from self- + motivation. Related: Self-motivational.

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