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  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; "we did not understand his motivation"; "he acted with the best of motives"
    Synonyms: motivation, need

  2. [noun] a theme that is elaborated on in a piece of music
    Synonyms: motif

  3. [adjective] causing or able to cause motion; "a motive force"; "motive power"; "motor energy"
    Synonyms: motor

  4. [adjective] impelling to action; "it may well be that ethical language has primarily a motivative function"- Arthur Pap; "motive pleas"; "motivating arguments"
    Synonyms: motivative, motivating


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