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motivate

[moh-tuh-veyt]
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verb (used with object), mo·ti·vat·ed, mo·ti·vat·ing.
  1. to provide with a motive, or a cause or reason to act; incite; impel.
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Origin of motivate

First recorded in 1860–65; motive + -ate1
Related formsmo·ti·va·tor, nounde·mo·ti·vate, verb (used with object), de·mo·ti·vat·ed, de·mo·ti·vat·ing.de·mo·ti·va·tor, nounnon·mo·ti·vat·ed, adjectivere·mo·ti·vate, verb (used with object), re·mo·ti·vat·ed, re·mo·ti·vat·ing.un·mo·ti·vat·ed, adjectiveun·mo·ti·vat·ing, adjectivewell-mo·ti·vat·ed, adjective

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  • Melodrama obviously does depend on story-happenings often unmotivated and forced on the characters by the will of the dramatist.

    Dramatic Technique

    George Pierce Baker


British Dictionary definitions for unmotivated

motivate

verb
  1. (tr) to give incentive to
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Derived Formsmotivator, noun
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Word Origin and History for unmotivated

adj.

"lacking in motivation," by 1920, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of motivate. Meaning "lacking in motive" is attested from 1872.

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motivate

v.

1863, "to stimulate toward action," from motive + -ate (2); perhaps modeled on French motiver or German motivieren. Related: Motivated; motivating.

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