[ noun ] the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior


motive need


"we did not understand his motivation" "he acted with the best of motives"

Used in print

(David Boroff, "Jewish Teen-Age Culture"...)

The motivations for both sexes , to_be_sure , are different .

(James Bryant Conant, Slums and Suburbs...)

In the Negro neighborhoods and also to some extent in the mixed neighborhoods the problem may be one of identification and motivation .

High motivation towards higher_education must start early enough so_that by the time the boy or girl reaches grade 9 he or she has at_least developed those basic skills which are essential for academic work .

Those who , because of population mobility and the reputed desire of employers to train their own employees , would limit vocational education to general rather_than specific skills ought_to bear_in_mind the importance of motivation in any kind of school experience .

(Kenneth Reiner, "Coping with Runaway Technology"...)

But while the corporation has all the disadvantages of the socialist form of organization ( so cumbersome it cannot constructively do much of anything not compatible with its need to perpetuate itself and maintain its status_quo ) , unluckily it does not have the desirable aspect of socialism , the motivation to operate for the benefit of society as_a_whole .

[ noun ] the condition of being motivated


"his motivation was at a high level"

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condition motivate

[ noun ] the act of motivating; providing incentive



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act motivate