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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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 Whether a recording studio and karaoke room, a dedicated Zen meditation garden or a boxing gym, the extras offered by luxury buildings these days are a prime inducement in swaying buyers and renters to sign on the dotted line. Jeffrey Steele, Forbes, 28 May 2021 Labor economists reject this line of thinking, disputing the idea that roughly $1,200 a month is enough inducement to keep people home in the face of ongoing health and caregiving hurdles. NBC News, 21 May 2021 Indeed, without Israeli and Palestinian buy-in, no amount of external pressure or inducement will end what promises to be an endless conflict. Aaron David Miller And Daniel Kurtzer, CNN, 12 May 2021 The prospect of trial on a date certain can be an inducement for a criminal defendant to agree to a plea bargain, saving the the time and expense of a trial. Edmund H. Mahony,, 4 May 2021 Maryland’s state government employees are getting an extra inducement to get vaccinated against the coronavirus: $100 payments. Pamela Wood,, 3 May 2021 Some Democrats complained that the arms sales appeared to have been an inappropriate inducement for the Emirates to agree to the accords, which largely formalized a relationship that had grown steadily friendlier for many years. New York Times, 14 Apr. 2021 Yet those 13 people — along with others who have recently lost their lives in dangerous crossings — might not have met their grisly fate if the Biden administration's concept of compassion wasn't also an inducement to recklessness. Bret Stephens New York Times, Star Tribune, 6 Apr. 2021 Another inducement is aimed at people who have lost jobs. CBS News, 9 Mar. 2021

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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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3 Jun 2021

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“Inducement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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