counterincentive

noun coun·ter·in·cen·tive \ ˌkau̇n-tər-in-ˈsen-tiv \
variants: or counter-incentive

Definition of counterincentive

plural counterincentives or counter-incentives
: something that discourages or tends to discourage a particular action : an incentive to avoid doing something
  • The company offered financial counterincentives to early retirement.
  • And the market doesn't create counter-incentives that would push us in a responsible direction …
  • —James Surowiecki

First Known Use of counterincentive

1871

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