coun·​ter·​in·​cen·​tive ˌkau̇n-tər-in-ˈsen-tiv How to pronounce counterincentive (audio)
variants or counter-incentive
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

Word History

First Known Use

1871, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of counterincentive was in 1871

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“Counterincentive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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