# incentive

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noun in·cen·tive \in-ˈsen-tiv\

## Definition of incentive

1. :  something that incites or has a tendency to incite to determination or action

## Examples of incentive in a Sentence

1. The rising cost of electricity provides a strong incentive to conserve energy.

2. The government offers special tax incentives for entrepreneurs.

3. The company is offering a special low price as an added incentive for new customers.

## Recent Examples of incentive from the Web

• An incentive-laden contract that guarantees Cruz only $500,000 but positions him to make as much as$4 million in 2017 sets up as an intriguing dice roll for the Bears.
• Rep. Michael Zalewski, a Riverside Democrat, said his changes would tighten up the EDGE tax incentive program.
• Mazda Incentives, for qualified buyers: $750 Mazda Capital Services Lease Loyalty toward the lease of a new 2016.5 Mazda3 compact sedan or five-door hatchback and Mazda6 midsize sedan. • Empire State Development spokesman Jason Conwall said none of those state incentives applied to the tank purchases. • Jeffrey Schuh said his branch is not about luring recruits with incentives. • Edmunds.com is predicting a flat month, with sales of about 1.53 million cars and light trucks, but notes that manufacturers have been pumping sales with incentives. • Musk also confirmed, in a Feb. 9 interview with Bloomberg, that the Model 3 will meet its promised price tag of$35,000, and that's before government incentives that could drive it significantly lower.
• In many ways, Bell is a perfect example of how orphan drug incentives should work.

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## Origin and Etymology of incentive

Middle English, from Late Latin incentivum, from neuter of incentivus stimulating, from Latin, setting the tune, from incentus, past participle of incinere to play (a tune), from in- + canere to sing — more at chant

## Synonym Discussion of incentive

motive, impulse, incentive, inducement, spur, goad mean a stimulus to action. motive implies an emotion or desire operating on the will and causing it to act. a motive for the crime impulse suggests a driving power arising from personal temperament or constitution. buying on impulse incentive applies to an external influence (such as an expected reward) inciting to action. a bonus was offered as an incentive inducement suggests a motive prompted by the deliberate enticements or allurements of another. offered a watch as an inducement to subscribe spur applies to a motive that stimulates the faculties or increases energy or ardor. fear was a spur to action goad suggests a motive that keeps one going against one's will or desire. thought insecurity a goad to worker efficiency

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## Definition of incentive for English Language Learners

• : something that encourages a person to do something or to work harder

## incentive

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noun in·cen·tive \in-ˈsen-tiv\

## Definition of incentive for Students

1. :  something that makes a person try or work hard or harder Longer recess was an incentive to finish our work.

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