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a. The act or process of motivating: the coach's effective motivation of her players.
b. The state of being motivated; having a desire or willingness to act: students with a high level of motivation.
2. 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).

mo′ti·va′tion·al adj.
mo′ti·va′tion·al·ly adv.
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in a motivational manner
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