in·duce·ment | \in-ˈdüs-mənt, -ˈdyüs-\

Definition of inducement 

1 : a motive or consideration that leads one to action or to additional or more effective actions

2 : the act or process of inducing

3 : matter presented by way of introduction or background to explain the principal allegations of a legal cause, plea, or defense

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Choose the Right Synonym for inducement

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 inducement in a Sentence

Was his decision influenced by any illegal financial inducements? Employees were offered a bonus as an inducement to finish the project on schedule. The low interest rate was little inducement for individuals to save money.
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The transactions amounted to less than 10 percent of the $5.2 million in free slots play the casino gave away as inducements during 2015 and 2016. Andrew Maykuth,, "Valley Forge casino fined for excessive free slots play," 27 June 2018 Seoul's economic inducements resulted in a temporary rapprochement, and two summits with the North in 2000 and 2007 that involved then-North Korean leader Kim Jong-il. Fox News, "Moon presses Trump, Kim for breakthrough in nuclear talks," 13 July 2018 Seoul’s economic inducements resulted in a temporary rapprochement and two summits with the North in 2000 and 2007 that involved then-North Korean leader Kim Jong-il. Washington Post, "Moon presses Trump, Kim for breakthrough in nuclear talks," 13 July 2018 Bank managers and their bosses have lots of discretion in offering interest rates, cash payments, and other inducements to get your money. Sean P. Murphy,, "Pay attention to the tiny type when opening — and closing — a money market account," 4 July 2018 The nonprofit's attorney showed the court how the Michigan Strategic Fund had just backed their plan with a bond inducement resolution. J.c. Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan fund backs questionable bid for scandal-plagued cemeteries," 4 July 2018 Wisconsin has agreed to more than $4 billion in tax credits and other inducements over a 15-year period, subsidies that amount to thousands of dollars for every job created. Monica Davey, New York Times, "In Wisconsin Visit, Trump Cheers One Company and Criticizes Another," 28 June 2018 The $10 billion Foxconn project includes about $4 billion in inducements from state and local governments. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Donald Trump to oversee groundbreaking of Foxconn in Wisconsin as dispute with Harley-Davidson continues," 28 June 2018 Following the global financial crisis, more countries imitated China with inducements for local production. Greg Ip, WSJ, "That Noise You Hear Is the Sound of Globalization Going Into Reverse," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of inducement

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of inducement was in 1594

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English Language Learners Definition of inducement

: something that gives you a reason for doing something and makes you want to do it


in·duce·ment | \in-ˈdüs-mənt, -ˈdyüs-\

Kids Definition of inducement

: something that causes someone to do something Employees were offered inducements to retire early.


in·duce·ment | \in-ˈdüs-mənt, -ˈdyüs- \

Legal Definition of inducement 

1 : factual matter presented by way of introduction or background to explain the principal allegations of a legal cause (as of slander or libel) — compare innuendo

2 : a significant offer or act that promises or encourages the inducements amounted to entrapment

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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