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

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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 That’s prompted some critics to argue that the newly generous benefits could provide a disincentive to return to work. Aimee Picchi, USA TODAY, "Extra $600 in weekly unemployment benefits runs out next month. Here's how to prepare," 18 June 2020 When the private insurer is out of the picture, there are still important opportunities to create financial disincentives for police brutality. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "To stop police brutality, make it financially unsustainable," 6 June 2020 All of these aspects created a disincentive to create a strong recycling program, the investigation showed. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, "As testing ramps up, Indianapolis incinerator proves safe place to dispose of pandemic waste," 28 May 2020 Apart from the fact that states will now have a disincentive to report cases, this strategy also raises the question of whether there are other, perhaps more nuanced approaches that can be used to create finer categories. Benjamin Daniels, Quartz India, "How India can move from a general to a graded coronavirus lockdown," 20 Apr. 2020 Some Ohio employers were concerned that unemployment payments – especially with the additional $600 from the federal stimulus package – would create a disincentive to work. Jessie Balmert, Cincinnati.com, "Coronavirus in Ohio: State asks employers to report employees who don't return to work," 5 May 2020 Policymakers should create new incentives for businesses to reorient supply chains away from China and disincentives for companies to invest there. Francis Rooney, National Review, "Are We Done with China Now?," 5 May 2020 Its passage stalled on Wednesday, with several Republican senators warning that a $600 per week boost to unemployment insurance would act as a disincentive to find work. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Coronavirus rescue bill designed to provide three-month lift to economy: Mnuchin," 25 Mar. 2020 Fortune Boeing suppliers Boeing is to give more support to its 737 MAX suppliers, both as preparation for a resumption in production and as a disincentive to looking for more Airbus business. David Meyer, Fortune, "Are we undergoing an industrial revolution or a phase change?," 24 Feb. 2020

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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 13 Jul. 2020.

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

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