# 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

• The average incentive spend per vehicle in June was $3,661 in June, also a record for the month. • Servy uses the customized questionnaires to provide restaurateurs with evaluations that can be used to measure performance, create incentive programs and build training programs. • Today, a group of interests from AARP to Wall Street firms — organized under the banner of the Save Our Savings Coalition — is conducting a fly-in to argue lawmakers should protect tax incentives for retirement savings, another of Camp's targets. • This means states would have to pick up the slack in coverage, which gives them incentives to restrict benefits and eligibility for enrollees who require that high-cost care. • Another incentive would be a proposal to switch traffic congestion solutions from adding capacity to finding ways to boost traffic flow. • There is no question the Cowboys’ decision to add a weight clause to his contract via incentives was the initial impetus. • 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.

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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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