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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.
Recent Examples on the Web This precedent would give lawmakers, prosecutors and judges a serious disincentive to promote or apply such laws. Joseph Braude, WSJ, 5 June 2022 One location coordinator told Variety that removing the disincentive that the acting tax represents would be cheaper than increasing the existing location incentives. Patrick Frater, Variety, 27 June 2022 High effective marginal tax rates mean that some workers have a financial disincentive to invest in their own human capital and advance from lower-wage work to jobs that lead to economic self-sufficiency. Erik Sherman, Forbes, 7 May 2022 Assured destruction is a powerful disincentive to using even just one nuclear weapon, let alone using hundreds in an apocalyptic attack. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 29 Mar. 2022 Even if someone takes a zero percent position willingly, the union sees it as a disincentive for the university to create more secure positions. New York Times, 6 Apr. 2022 The surcharge would generate $131 million per year in an annual budget of $24.2 billion, but Lamont has consistently opposed the surcharge as a disincentive that would prompt some rich residents to leave the state. Christopher Keating, courant.com, 4 Mar. 2022 The goal is to create a disincentive for equity investors, freeing up homes to people buying for personal use. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Mar. 2022 Potential military costs, in the form of Russian losses on the battlefield, remain as the only viable disincentive that could stop Putin from invading Ukraine again. Matthew Schmidt, CNN, 20 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of disincentive

1946, in the meaning defined above

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“Disincentive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disincentive. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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