[ self-moh-tuh-vey-shuh n ]
/ ˈsɛlfˌmoʊ təˈveɪ ʃən /


initiative to undertake or continue a task or activity without another's prodding or supervision.
Related formsself-mo·ti·vat·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-motivation

  • Self-motivation and co-operation are the two fundamentally important requirements in the working of all economic units.

    The Next Step|Scott Nearing

Word Origin and History for self-motivation



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper