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Noun: motivation  ,mow-tu'vey-shun
  1. 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 behaviour
    "we did not understand his motivation";
    - motive, need
     
  2. The condition of being motivated
    "his motivation was at a high level"
     
  3. The act of motivating; providing incentive
    - motivating

Derived forms: motivations

Type of: act, condition, deed, human action, human activity, psychological feature, status

Encyclopedia: Motivation, Agency, and Public Policy