I felt there's a similarity in meaning and words could be used interchangeably when I tried to use the words in sentence, for example:

  • My motivation to attend the course / meeting / study ..
  • My purpose to attend the course / meeeting / study ..

In both of these examples, my reason to attend something is being stated.

From definitions, I got from Google there also seems to be some correspondence between them.

Purpose: the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.
"the purpose of the meeting is to appoint a trustee"
synonyms: motivemotivation, grounds, cause, impetus, occasion, reason, point, basis, justification..

Motivation: a reason or reasons for acting or behaving in a particular way.
"escape can be a strong motivation for travel"
synonyms: motive, motivating force, incentive, stimulus, stimulation, inspiration, impulse, inducement, incitement, spur, goad, provocation;

If not, how these are different? What about the word 'Objective'? Does it relate more to a purpose or motivation?


They are definitely related words, and your sentence could probably work with either of them.

To put the three in order from broadest to most specific: motivation, purpose, objective.

Motivation often refers to an internal/emotional drive, or general goal

Purpose can refer to a general drive, but usually refers to something more concrete

Objective usually means a specific goal.

In an example: My motivation for joining running club is that I want to be healthier, my purpose is to increase my running stamina, and my objective is to complete a marathon.

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