counterincentive

noun
coun·​ter·​in·​cen·​tive | \ ˌkau̇n-tər-in-ˈsen-tiv How to pronounce counterincentive (audio) \
variants: or counter-incentive
plural counterincentives or counter-incentives

Definition of counterincentive

: 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, in the meaning defined above

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“Counterincentive.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/counterincentive. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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