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

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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.

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That is a commercial disincentive and puts the United States at a distinct disadvantage. Andrew Ross Sorkin, New York Times, "What Trump’s Huawei Reversal Means for the Future of 5G," 1 July 2019 That was a, talk about an incentive, a disincentive. NBC News, "Meet the Press - 6.30.19," 30 June 2019 The party system disincentives fanaticism by requiring cooperation. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The Wrong Bogeymen," 19 June 2019 The press is provided with every disincentive to venture out. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "Inside the Cultish Dreamworld of Augusta National," 14 June 2019 First, at midnight Monday, the draft-pick compensation attached to Kimbrel’s signing — which would have penalized the team signing him with the loss of a 2019 draft pick — expired, eliminating one huge disincentive teams had to locking him up. Dave Sheinin, The Denver Post, "Cubs win Craig Kimbrel sweepstakes, reportedly agree to deal with closer," 6 June 2019 That proposal was met with pushback from EV manufacturers and owners alike, who called it unfair and a disincentive to a more environmentally-friendly technology. Robert Channick, chicagotribune.com, "Electric vehicle fee jumps to $248 per year to help fund Illinois road improvements," 3 June 2019 Nonetheless, at least some owners say the tax is a strong disincentive to overspending. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "How MLB’s Luxury Tax Has Put a Deep Freeze on Spending," 11 Jan. 2019 The agreement could provide a disincentive to further direct investment by car companies in Mexico, said Manuel Montoya, head of the Automotive Cluster of Nuevo Leon, an industry group that represents suppliers in Mexico’s industrial north. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "Trade Deal Threatens Mexico’s Role as Car Hub," 28 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of disincentive

1946, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of disincentive was in 1946

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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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