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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 So my personal view would be no.’’ And, really, considering no player was disciplined, Stanton says, where’s the disincentive to stops players from cheating now. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Giancarlo Stanton believes Astros were cheating in 2018-19: 'Only sorry because you got caught'," 20 Feb. 2020 Putting our rules aside for a moment, just as an example, there isn't really a disincentive today to being a total jerk on Twitter. Nicholas Thompson, Wired, "It's Easy to Be a Jerk on Twitter. And Twitter Wants to Fix That," 13 Jan. 2020 There is the option to block abusive users on OnlyFans, although there’s a financial disincentive for doing so; one fewer fan - even an abusive one - means less money for the creator. The Economist, "Stories of an extraordinary world OnlyFans: a day in the life of a top(less) creator," 10 Jan. 2020 Agent Scott Boras theorizes that while there are disincentives such as luxury-tax penalties that discourage teams’ ambitions to compete, there aren’t enough incentives for teams to pursue winning. BostonGlobe.com, "Taking a closer look at baseball’s unusual offseason - The Boston Globe," 29 Dec. 2019 By contrast, new VPSOs must leave their hometowns for a block of training that lasts two months or more, a strong disincentive. Anchorage Daily News, "Six ways to fix Alaska’s law enforcement crisis," 21 Dec. 2019 The administration also plans to address disincentives to living donation such as financial hardship during time off work. Lisa Emmott, Time, "Kidney Swaps Are Revolutionizing a Broken Organ-Donation System in the U.S.," 5 Nov. 2019 That policy shift removed some of the disincentive; now nobody has to balance the ethics of publishing potentially life-saving work in a fast-moving field against the necessities of getting published in journals to get grants and tenure. Adam Rogers, Wired, "Coronavirus Research Is Moving at Top Speed—With a Catch," 31 Jan. 2020 The introduction of several disincentives to spend beyond the luxury tax threshold has now resulted in teams paying far greater attention to the limit. BostonGlobe.com, "Why Red Sox’ offseason plans revolve around two words: luxury tax - The Boston Globe," 7 Dec. 2019

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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 30 Mar. 2020.

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

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