Definition of motivation in English:

motivation

Line breaks: mo¦tiv|ation
Pronunciation: /məʊtɪˈveɪʃ(ə)n
 
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noun

  • 1A reason or reasons for acting or behaving in a particular way: escape can be a strong motivation for travel
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    • I am suggesting that we are wrong to dismiss their motivations and reasoning out of hand as trivial and aberrant.
    • It is also essential to understand the reasons and motivations behind such behaviours and cultural norms.
    • For people who have no faith in God, fear of punishment would be a stronger motivation to do good than promise of reward.
    Synonyms
    motive, motivating force, incentive, stimulus, stimulation, inspiration, impulse, inducement, incitement, spur, goad, provocation; reason, rationale, ground(s)
  • 1.1 [mass noun] Desire or willingness to do something; enthusiasm: keep staff up to date and maintain interest and motivation
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    • An interviewer wants to gauge your enthusiasm and motivation in wanting a job there.
    • Socialism could only become a reality if the majority of people had the desire and motivation to fight for it.
    • I just hope that this enthusiasm and motivation grows, and we don't see all he has to give too soon.
    Synonyms
    enthusiasm, drive, ambition, initiative, determination, enterprise, sense of purpose
    informal get-up-and-go
  • 2South African A set of facts and arguments used in support of a proposal: the following proposal and motivation is submitted for consideration
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    • Another factor had to do with the presentations, even the motivations.
    • Maduna said anybody was free to petition the Head of State and make a proper motivation as to why they should be pardoned.
    • Simply write a short motivation telling us why your candidate deserves to be honoured as our Woman of the Year.

Derivatives

motivational

Pronunciation: /-ˈveɪʃ(ə)n(ə)l/
adjective
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  • Forget what those motivational consultants say: it is possible to enjoy a new life without any effort whatsoever.
  • The motivational tips on the campaign's website should help too.
  • He's used his experiences to be one of our leading motivational speakers.

motivationally

Pronunciation: /-ˈveɪʃ(ə)n(ə)li/
adverb
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  • The next year, after presenting my first talk at the association, I get a motivationally inspiring compliment from an audience member, David McBride.
  • This preliminary finding supports the notion that providing a walk-in service will capture the opportunity to provide services when the client is motivationally ready to receive them.
  • Both attitudes were thought to be preferable, motivationally speaking, to complacent, continuous ‘regular’ smoking.

Origin

late 19th century: from motive, reinforced by motivate.

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