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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The goal is to create a disincentive for new development in areas vulnerable to storms. Dave Collins, courant.com, "Could coastal mansions in Connecticut become eligible for disaster aid?," 22 July 2019 While the frequent internet shutdowns in sub Saharan African countries currently hobble access for users, there’s increasing economic disincentive for governments to restrict access. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Africa is at least five years away from faster 4G mobile networks having a major impact," 18 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of disincentive

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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a usually brief trip or an expedition

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