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Related / Similar Words: motivation, need, motif

 

Definition:
  • 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";
  • a theme that is elaborated on in a piece of music;

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    Hyponyms: life, rational motive, irrational motive, urge, impulse, ethical motive, ethics, morals, morality, psychic energy, mental energy, obbligato, obligato

     

    Derivational Morphology: motivate, actuate, propel, move, prompt, incite

     

    Language Translations:
    Chinese: 动机   Croatian: motiv  
    Danish: motiv   Dutch: beweegreden and motief  
    Estonian: motiiv   Finnish: motiivi and vaikutin  
    French: motif   German: Motiv  
    Hungarian: alapok and mozgató   Italian: motivo  
    Japanese: 理由 and 動機   Korean: 동기  
    Norwegian: motiv   Portuguese: motivo  
    Romanian: motiv   Russian: движущий and мотив  
    Slovak: motív   Slovene: nagib  
    Spanish: motivo   Swedish: motiv  
    Turkish: neden  
     
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