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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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 Two such people have already come forward, and there are no disincentives for new claimants, possibly driven by partisan or personal animus, to emerge. David B. Rivkin Jr. And Kristi Remington, WSJ, "Kavanaugh’s Foes Politicize the FBI," 1 Oct. 2018 That starts with removing the strong disincentive to conservation created by critical-habitat status. Jonathan Wood, WSJ, "The Feds Bungle Frog Hospitality," 30 Sep. 2018 The 30% levy hits top earners who take their assets out of France, which as Mr. Macron rightly says is a disincentive to invest in France in the first place. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Growth Man of Europe," 2 May 2018 That has provided a disincentive for U.S. steel makers to invest in their plants and workforce expansions. Bob Tita, WSJ, "Tariff Uncertainties Rattle Steel, Aluminum Producers," 1 May 2018 In Poland, the inactivity trap—the disincentive to return to employment after inactivity—is one of the highest in the EU, according to a simulation by the European Commission. The Economist, "Subsidising babies has bolstered Poland’s ruling party—so far," 10 May 2018 And rising material and labor costs are a further disincentive for boosting production. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "Why Home Prices Have Nowhere to Go But Up," 20 June 2018

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1946, in the meaning defined above

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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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something valued as if it were money

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