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Motivation and Motive Definitions

Motivation

The act or process of motivating
The coach's effective motivation of her players.

Motive

An emotion, desire, physiological need, or similar impulse that acts as an incitement to action.

Motivation

The state of being motivated; having a desire or willingness to act
Students with a high level of motivation.

Motive

(mōtĭv, mō-tēv) A motif in art, literature, or music.

Motivation

Something that motivates; an inducement, reason, or goal
“If your primary motivation in life is to be moral, you don't become an artist” (Mary Gordon).
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Motive

Causing or able to cause motion
Motive power.

Motivation

Willingness of action especially in behavior.

Motive

Causing an action
Motive pleas.

Motivation

The action of motivating.

Motive

(obsolete) An idea or communication that makes one want to act, especially from spiritual sources; a divine prompting.
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Motivation

Something which motivates.

Motive

An incentive to act in a particular way; a reason or emotion that makes one want to do something; anything that prompts a choice of action.

Motivation

An incentive or reason for doing something.

Motive

A limb or other bodily organ that can move.

Motivation

(advertising) A research rating that measures how the rational and emotional elements of a commercial affect consumer intention to consider, visit, or buy something.
The motivation scores showed that 65% of people wanted to visit our website to learn more about the offer after watching the commercial.

Motive

(law) Something which causes someone to want to commit a crime; a reason for criminal behaviour.
What would his motive be for burning down the cottage?
No-one could understand why she had hidden the shovel; her motives were obscure at best.

Motivation

The act or process of motivating.

Motive

A motif.

Motivation

The mental process that arouses an organism to action; as, a large part of a teacher's job is to give students the motivation to learn on their own.

Motive

(music) A motif; a theme or subject, especially one that is central to the work or often repeated.
If you listen carefully, you can hear the flutes mimicking the cello motive.

Motivation

The goal or mental image of a goal that creates a motivation{2}; as, the image of a peaceful world is a powerful motivation for only a rare few individuals.

Motive

(transitive) To prompt or incite by a motive or motives; to move.

Motivation

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;
We did not understand his motivation
He acted with the best of motives

Motive

Causing motion; having power to move, or tending to move
A motive argument
Motive power

Motivation

The condition of being motivated;
His motivation was at a high level

Motive

Relating to motion and/or to its cause

Motivation

The act of motivating; providing incentive

Motive

That which moves; a mover.

Motive

That which incites to action; anything prompting or exciting to choise, or moving the will; cause; reason; inducement; object; motivation{2}.
By motive, I mean the whole of that which moves, excites, or invites the mind to volition, whether that be one thing singly, or many things conjunctively.

Motive

The theme or subject; a leading phrase or passage which is reproduced and varied through the course of a comor a movement; a short figure, or melodic germ, out of which a whole movement is develpoed. See also Leading motive, under Leading.

Motive

That which produces conception, invention, or creation in the mind of the artist in undertaking his subject; the guiding or controlling idea manifested in a work of art, or any part of one.

Motive

Causing motion; having power to move, or tending to move; as, a motive argument; motive power.

Motive

To prompt or incite by a motive or motives; to move.

Motive

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;
We did not understand his motivation
He acted with the best of motives

Motive

A theme that is elaborated on in a piece of music

Motive

Causing or able to cause motion;
A motive force
Motive power
Motor energy

Motive

Impelling to action;
It may well be that ethical language has primarily a motivative function
Motive pleas
Motivating arguments

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