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Princeton's WordNet

  1. motivationaladjective

    of or relating to motivation


  1. motivationaladjective

    Tending or intended to motivate.


  1. motivational

    Motivation is the reason for which humans and other animals initiate, continue, or terminate a behavior at a given time. Motivational states are commonly understood as forces acting within the agent that create a disposition to engage in goal-directed behavior. It is often held that different mental states compete with each other and that only the strongest state determines behavior. This means that we can be motivated to do something without actually doing it. The paradigmatic mental state providing motivation is desire. But various other states, such as beliefs about what one ought to do or intentions, may also provide motivation. Motivation is derived from the word 'motive', which denotes a person's needs, desires, wants, or urges. It is the process of motivating individuals to take action in order to achieve a goal. The psychological elements fueling people's behavior in the context of job goals might include a desire for money. Various competing theories have been proposed concerning the content of motivational states. They are known as content theories and aim to describe what goals usually or always motivate people. Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs and the ERG theory, for example, posit that humans have certain needs, which are responsible for motivation. Some of these needs, like food and water, are more basic than other needs, such as for respect from others. On this view, the higher needs can only provide motivation once the lower needs have been fulfilled. Behaviorist theories try to explain behavior solely in terms of the relation between the situation and external, observable behavior without explicit reference to conscious mental states. Motivation may be either intrinsic, if the activity is desired because it is inherently interesting or enjoyable, or extrinsic, if the agent's goal is an external reward distinct from the activity itself. It has been argued that intrinsic motivation has more beneficial outcomes than extrinsic motivation. Motivational states can also be categorized according to whether the agent is fully aware of why he acts the way he does or not, referred to as conscious and unconscious motivation. Motivation is closely related to practical rationality. A central idea in this field is that we should be motivated to perform an action if we believe that we should do it. Failing to fulfill this requirement results in cases of irrationality, known as akrasia or weakness of the will, in which there is a discrepancy between our beliefs about what we should do and our actions. Research on motivation has been employed in various fields. In the field of business, a central question concerns work motivation, for example, what measures an employer can use to ensure that his employees are motivated. Motivation is also of particular interest to educational psychologists because of its crucial role in student learning. Specific interest has been given to the effects of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation in this field.


  1. motivational

    Motivational refers to the stimuli, influences, desires, or factors that stimulate or drive someone to pursue a goal, take certain actions, or behave in a particular way. It usually involves the psychological or emotional aspects that encourage a person to achieve their objectives or fulfill their potential.

Editors Contribution

  1. motivational

    Intended to motivate or relating to motivation.

    In our office we have a number of motivational wall stickers and canvas prints to keep us all motivated and on track, we change and rotate them when we need to.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 5, 2016  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of motivational in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of motivational in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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    It is an easy thing for one whose foot is on the outside of calamity to give advice and to rebuke the sufferer. motivational quotes

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  3. Roy E. Moody:

    The greatest motivational act one person can do for another is to listen.

  4. Molly Stapelman:

    Of course there were some designers who say, ‘oh wow, I’m not sure my line should be presented by this or that, or this kind of figure,’ but I’m seeing less and less of that now. People are less afraid, as you get to know these talents with disabilities you immediately become aware of the fact that, here, there is really nothing to be afraid of. These are splendid creatures who perform in an incredible way. They are powerful and motivational, really.

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    The truth is that acting as a motivational speaker nga nawe life sometimes hits you hard is not good

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