inducement

noun
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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Recent Examples on the Web And as a further inducement to lend, the E.C.B. charges a negative interest rate on deposits that commercial banks stash in the central bank’s coffers. Jack Ewing, New York Times, "Subzero Interest Rates Are Luring Insurers to Risk," 13 Nov. 2019 China has sought to weaken those through economic inducements and sponsoring its own multinational exercises. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea," 21 Oct. 2019 China has sought to weaken those through economic inducements and sponsoring its own multinational exercises. Washington Post, "Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea," 21 Oct. 2019 But the revelations that Mr Trump tried to enlist a foreign leader to undermine a political rival, with hundreds of millions in military aid to his country as a possible inducement, are harder to ignore. The Economist, "Could Republican senators turn against Donald Trump?," 3 Oct. 2019 Williamson’s attorneys would also like to add a claim for fraudulent inducement and rescission. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "What's Next in Zion Williamson's Extended Federal Lawsuit?," 22 Aug. 2019 The stereo performance is about an A-; songs sound clear and well-reproduced but don’t have that certain goose-bump inducement, which is more a luxury-brand item. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Kia Telluride mixes fun with practicality (auto review)," 14 Dec. 2019 Protect the recruiting environment and prohibit inducements to select, remain at, or transfer to a specific institution. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "NCAA will allow athletes to be compensated for name, image, likeness," 29 Oct. 2019 At issue: the allegation -- first surfaced by a whistleblower -- that President Trump pressured Ukraine's president to create an investigation into Joe Biden and perhaps withheld military aid as an inducement. NBC News, "Meet the Press - September 22, 2019," 22 Sep. 2019

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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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12 Jan 2020

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“Inducement.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inducement. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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More Definitions for inducement

inducement

noun
How to pronounce inducement (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of inducement

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

inducement

noun
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.

inducement

noun
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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