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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Mo·ti·vate v. t.  [imp. & p. p. -vated p. pr. & vb. n. -vating ]  To provide with a motive; to move; impel; induce; incite. -- Mo*ti*va*tion n.
 Syn: -- move, prompt, incite, induce impel, drive.
    It may well be that ethical language has primarily a motivative function --Arthur Pap