incentive

noun
in·​cen·​tive | \ in-ˈsen-tiv \

Definition of incentive

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

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Other Words from incentive

incentive adjective

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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

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.
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There are no state economic grant incentives for the Springfield project, Harrison said. Jonathan Mattise, The Seattle Times, "State: Electrolux not required to repay $100M in Tennessee," 5 Feb. 2019 There’s no incentive to build small affordable units. Mark Hemingway, WSJ, "Oregon’s Progressive Politicians Want Rent Control for All," 25 Jan. 2019 Pretty soon, fans will have even more of an incentive to make the trip. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "How To Book Your Stay At Joanna And Chip Gaines’s Magnolia House Vacation Rental," 23 Jan. 2019 And Trump has shown no incentive for Democrats to come to the negotiating table on this issue. Tara Golshan, Vox, "This could be a really long government shutdown," 21 Dec. 2018 In addition to the discount, Glossier is blessing online shoppers with free shipping for orders over $30, which gives you plenty of incentive to stock up on all the Milky Jelly your heart could want. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Highlights From Glossier's 2018 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale," 24 Nov. 2018 Miller also said developer fees should be prorated by size, since currently big and small units face the same fee, leading to no incentive to build smaller, less expensive units. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "Real estate expert talks about potential impact of rent control," 12 July 2018 The current system gives the U.S. no leverage and other countries no incentive. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Trump’s Big Trade War Bluff," 5 July 2018 With the team happy and productive, there’s no real incentive to make seismic moves. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "How Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto Wheeled and Dealed His Way to First-Half Success," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of incentive

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of incentive was in the 15th century

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incentive

noun

English Language Learners Definition of incentive

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

incentive

noun
in·​cen·​tive | \ in-ˈsen-tiv \

Kids Definition of incentive

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

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