1. [ 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
Synonyms: motive need

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

Related terms: psychological_feature urge ethical_motive life irrational_motive rational_motive psychic_energy motivate
2. [ noun ] the condition of being motivated

"his motivation was at a high level"

Related terms: condition motivate
3. [ noun ] the act of motivating; providing incentive
Synonyms: motivating
Related terms: act motivate
Similar spelling:   motivational