[self-moh-tuh-vey-shuh n]


initiative to undertake or continue a task or activity without another's prodding or supervision.

Nearby words

  1. self-mastery,
  2. self-mate,
  3. self-medication,
  4. self-mortification,
  5. self-motivated,
  6. self-moving,
  7. self-mutilation,
  8. self-obsessed,
  9. self-operating,
  10. self-opinion

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