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Examples of disincentive in a Sentence

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 The public-relations fallout that accompanies failing to fulfill a green-bond program is a significant disincentive to borrowers, most of whom issue the bonds to burnish their environmental credentials, bankers who work on the transactions said. Matt Wirz, WSJ, 9 June 2021 Canadians are allowed into the U.S. but, in most cases, must present a recent negative COVID-19 test and quarantine for two weeks upon their return, a major disincentive for nonessential travel. Brooks Johnson, Star Tribune, 17 May 2021 If consumer data is rendered fully opaque, companies become unable to use that data for monetization or business intelligence purposes — a significant disincentive for the adoption of these security principles. Nicolas Dupont, Forbes, 3 June 2021 President Joe Biden has said the extra benefits do not act as a disincentive for people to return to work. Devan Cole, CNN, 9 May 2021 That stubbornness tells us that the disincentive of the $300/week federal supplemental payment is still in play. Robert Barone, Forbes, 21 May 2021 This disincentive should evaporate in September, when the government's aid boost expires. Anneken Tappe, CNN, 11 May 2021 Stowell said an analysis of response times for American Medical Response has convinced him that the $5,000 fines will be a significant disincentive for Falck. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 May 2021 The disappointing report, which showed the economy gaining 226,000 jobs instead of the more than 1 million expected, added to the evidence that enhanced unemployment benefits have created a powerful disincentive for many people to return to work. The Editors, National Review, 8 May 2021

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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 25 Jun. 2021.

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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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