incent

verb
in·​cent | \ in-ˈsent How to pronounce incent (audio) \
incented; incenting; incents

Definition of incent

Examples of incent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Attaching funding to this metric would incent the type of behavior the governor is hoping for. Tim Foster, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Reward Colorado colleges, like ours, that drive down costs and serve disadvantaged students," 4 Dec. 2019 With healthy competition, Washington will be incented to address our greatest challenges. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ross Perot changed American politics by disrupting Republicans and Democrats alike. We can learn from that.," 11 July 2019 Beyond, in effect, denying one person/one vote, the artificial constraints perpetuate a system of electing officials with extreme views – on both sides of the aisle – and do not incent or reward compromise and moderation for the common good. charlotteobserver, "Ashley Christensen," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of incent

1981, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for incent

back-formation from incentive

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The first known use of incent was in 1981

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“Incent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/incent. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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