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MOTIVATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does motivation mean? 

MOTIVATION (noun)
  The noun MOTIVATION has 3 senses:

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 behavior
2. the condition of being motivated
3. the act of motivating; providing incentive

  Familiarity information: MOTIVATION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


MOTIVATION (noun)


Sense 1motivation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns with no superordinates

Synonyms:

motivation; motive; need

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("motivation" is a kind of...):

psychological feature (a feature of the mental life of a living organism)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "motivation"):

life (a motive for living)

rational motive (a motive that can be defended by reasoning or logical argument)

irrational motive (a motivation that is inconsistent with reason or logic)

impulse; urge (an instinctive motive)

ethical motive; ethics; morality; morals (motivation based on ideas of right and wrong)

mental energy; psychic energy (an actuating force or factor)


Sense 2motivation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The condition of being motivated

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context example:

his motivation was at a high level

Hypernyms ("motivation" is a kind of...):

condition; status (a state at a particular time)


Sense 3motivation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of motivating; providing incentive

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

motivating; motivation

Hypernyms ("motivation" is a kind of...):

act; human action; human activity (something that people do or cause to happen)


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