disincentive

noun

dis·​in·​cen·​tive ˌdis-in-ˈsen-tiv How to pronounce disincentive (audio)

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 There is a comparable disincentive to wait, especially if Putin is bent on exacting revenge. Liana Fix, Foreign Affairs, 27 June 2023 Finally, incentives and disincentives to make production and consumption patterns sustainable are crucial. Ashish Kothari, Scientific American, 1 June 2021 The limit marks the second time in five years that the state has capped tax credits, which could serve as a disincentive to companies that operate in California because of generous research and development or motion picture credits, Kaye said. Taryn Luna, Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2024 Then, its system deletes all the tax data the consumers have entered, requiring them to start their tax return from scratch, creating a big disincentive to downgrading. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 23 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for disincentive 

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'disincentive.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1946, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of disincentive was in 1946

Dictionary Entries Near disincentive

Cite this Entry

“Disincentive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disincentive. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

More from Merriam-Webster on disincentive

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!