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Motivation   /mˌoʊtəvˈeɪʃən/   Listen

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.  Synonyms: motive, need.  "He acted with the best of motives"
The condition of being motivated.
The act of motivating; providing incentive.  Synonym: motivating.

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"Motivation" Quotes from Famous Books

... seems that at least three factors operate to secure superior results for repeaters with heavier schedule. First, they are undoubtedly a more highly selected group in reference to ability and energy. Second, they have the advantage of the spur and the motivation which comes from the consciousness of a heavier responsibility, and from which emanates greater earnestness of effort. Third, it is probable that some teachers are more helpful and considerate in the aiding and grading of pupils who ...
— The High School Failures - A Study of the School Records of Pupils Failing in Academic or - Commercial High School Subjects • Francis P. Obrien

... and more, for the same reasons that everyday folks > make audio cassettes from vinyl LPs and audio CDs, and > videocassette copies of store-bought videotapes. Partly it's > greed; partly it's annoyance over retail prices; partly it's the > desire to Share Cool Stuff (a motivation usually underrated by > the victims of this kind of small-time hand-level piracy). > Instantly going to Defcon One over it and claiming it's morally > tantamount to mugging little old ladies in the street will make > it kind of difficult to move forward from ...
— Ebooks: Neither E, Nor Books • Cory Doctorow

... motivation of the ceremonial laws are very interesting, and in many cases they anticipated, though in a cruder form, the more scientific theories of modern critics. Take his interpretation of the institution of sacrifices. Take away the personal manner of expression, which might seem to imply that God ...
— A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy • Isaac Husik

... study of characterology or the motivation of conduct is extremely new, and there are many indications of immense values in uncovered fields. Some appreciation of this fact may be gained from the following pages which show the possibility of tracing one form of behavior to ...
— Pathology of Lying, Etc. • William and Mary Healy

Words linked to "Motivation" :   condition, act, ethics, psychic energy, status, human action, human activity, morality, irrational motive, ethical motive, urge, impulse, deed, life, psychological feature, motivate, mental energy, morals, rational motive

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