dis·​in·​cen·​tive | \ˌdis-in-ˈsen-tiv \

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We considered volunteering, but the complicated application process was a disincentive. The complicated application process was a disincentive to volunteering our time.

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That starts with removing the strong disincentive to conservation created by critical-habitat status. Jonathan Wood, WSJ, "The Feds Bungle Frog Hospitality," 30 Sep. 2018 The 30% levy hits top earners who take their assets out of France, which as Mr. Macron rightly says is a disincentive to invest in France in the first place. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Growth Man of Europe," 2 May 2018 That has provided a disincentive for U.S. steel makers to invest in their plants and workforce expansions. Bob Tita, WSJ, "Tariff Uncertainties Rattle Steel, Aluminum Producers," 1 May 2018 In Poland, the inactivity trap—the disincentive to return to employment after inactivity—is one of the highest in the EU, according to a simulation by the European Commission. The Economist, "Subsidising babies has bolstered Poland’s ruling party—so far," 10 May 2018 And rising material and labor costs are a further disincentive for boosting production. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "Why Home Prices Have Nowhere to Go But Up," 20 June 2018 There's a disincentive to applying too early: Renewals are good for two years from the day they're issued, not two years added on to the original period. Joseph Tanfani, latimes.com, "Confusion, calculation and fear keeping DACA recipients from renewing their status while they can," 11 May 2018 But there's also a disincentive for utilities to encourage EV adoption too fast. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "In California, utilities will spend $768 million on electric car infrastructure," 2 June 2018 Any transactions that involve his signature could potentially run afoul of the sanctions, creating a strong disincentive for governments or businesses considering deals involving Iran's central bank. Josh Lederman, Fox News, "US intensifies pressure on Iran, sanctioning central banker," 16 May 2018

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1946, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of disincentive

: something that causes or that could cause a person to decide not to do something

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