Definition of incentive
: something that incites or has a tendency to incite to determination or action
Examples of incentive in a sentence
The rising cost of electricity provides a strong incentive to conserve energy.
The government offers special tax incentives for entrepreneurs.
The company is offering a special low price as an added incentive for new customers.
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
First Known Use: 15th century
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Definition of incentive for English Language Learners
: something that encourages a person to do something or to work harder
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Definition of incentive for Students
: something that makes a person try or work hard or harder <Longer recess was an incentive to finish our work.>
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