in·​duce·​ment | \ in-ˈdüs-mənt How to pronounce inducement (audio) , -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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But even as the nation’s leading Muslim clerics declared the war to be un-Islamic, the Taliban brusquely ended the truce June 17, ignoring Ghani’s unconditional offer to continue it with various inducements. Pamela Constable And John Hudson, Washington Post, "Pompeo makes unannounced trip to Kabul, says Trump’s Afghan strategy is ‘working’," 9 July 2018 Both jurisdictions are proposing multiple sites and are expected to offer tax relief, job training grants and other inducements. Robert Mccartney, Washington Post, "A $5 billion carrot: Larry Hogan’s historic offer to win Amazon HQ2," 22 Jan. 2018 In recent weeks, the MLB and its players’ union have discussed a proposal to allow organizations to award major-league contracts to prospects right out of the draft as an inducement for two-sport athletes like Murray to stick with baseball. Andrew Beaton And Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Kyler Murray Calls an Audible for the NFL," 11 Feb. 2019 In the private sector that would be called fraud in the inducement. WSJ, "Cabbies Suffer, but Uber Isn’t Slowing Traffic," 16 Aug. 2018 Some policy makers are starting to ask whether financial incentives or other types of inducements should be considered. Amy Dockser Marcus, WSJ, "How to Provide Better Incentives to Organ Donors," 24 June 2018 The $7,500 federal tax credit is a big inducement for consumers to buy electric vehicles and for automakers to develop electric vehicles. Robert Duffer,, "When will the $7,500 federal EV tax credit get cut for GM and Tesla? Soon," 16 Apr. 2018 The national post service, Poste Italiane SpA, was briefly a shareholder earlier this decade, while the government has also given financial inducements to private investors. Eric Sylvers, WSJ, "Europe’s Populist Left and Right Share a Common Call: State Intervention," 14 Dec. 2018 Such gamblers typically generate higher margins than the high-rollers, who require costly inducements. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Japan Should Provide a Winning Bet for Casinos," 20 July 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

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


in·​duce·​ment | \ in-ˈdüs-mənt How to pronounce inducement (audio) , -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- How to pronounce inducement (audio) \

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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