inducement

noun 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

Examples of inducement in a Sentence

  1. Was his decision influenced by any illegal financial inducements?

  2. Employees were offered a bonus as an inducement to finish the project on schedule.

  3. The low interest rate was little inducement for individuals to save money.

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First Known Use of inducement

1594

Synonym Discussion of 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

INDUCEMENT Defined for English Language Learners

inducement

noun

Definition of inducement for English Language Learners

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


INDUCEMENT Defined for Kids

inducement

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

Definition of inducement for Students

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

Law Dictionary

inducement

noun 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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