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in·cen·tive

 (ĭn-sĕn′tĭv)
n.
Something, such as the fear of punishment or the expectation of reward, that induces action or motivates effort.
adj.
Serving to induce or motivate: an incentive bonus for high productivity.

[Middle English, from Late Latin incentīvum, from neuter of incentīvus, inciting, from Latin, setting the tune, from incentus, past participle of incinere, to sound : in-, intensive pref.; see in-2 + canere, to sing; see kan- in Indo-European roots.]
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incentive

(ɪnˈsɛntɪv)
n
1. a motivating influence; stimulus
2. (Commerce)
a. an additional payment made to employees as a means of increasing production
b. (as modifier): an incentive scheme.
adj
serving to incite to action
[C15: from Late Latin incentīvus (adj), from Latin: striking up, setting the tune, from incinere to sing, from in-2 + canere to sing]
inˈcentively adv
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in•cen•tive

(ɪnˈsɛn tɪv)

n.
1. something that incites or tends to incite to action or greater effort.
adj.
2. inciting, as to action.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Late Latin incentīvus provocative, Latin: setting the tune, derivative of incentus, past participle of incinere to play (an instrument, tunes) =in- in-2 + canere to sing]
in•cen′tive•ly, adv.
syn: See motive.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.incentive - a positive motivational influenceincentive - a positive motivational influence  
rational motive - a motive that can be defended by reasoning or logical argument
dynamic, moral force - an efficient incentive; "they hoped it would act as a spiritual dynamic on all churches"
deterrence, disincentive - a negative motivational influence
2.incentive - an additional payment (or other remuneration) to employees as a means of increasing output
premium - a prize, bonus, or award given as an inducement to purchase products, enter competitions initiated by business interests, etc.; "they encouraged customers with a premium for loyal patronage"
incentive program, incentive scheme - a formal scheme for inducing someone (as employees) to do something
dividend - a bonus; something extra (especially a share of a surplus)
sales incentive - remuneration offered to a salesperson for exceeding some predetermined sales goal
payment - a sum of money paid or a claim discharged
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incentive

noun inducement, motive, encouragement, urge, come-on (informal), spur, lure, bait, motivation, carrot (informal), impulse, stimulus, impetus, stimulant, goad, incitement, enticement There is little incentive to adopt such measures.
warning, deterrent, disincentive, discouragement, dissuasion
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incentive

noun
Something that causes and encourages a given response:
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Translations
بَاعِثٌحافِز، باعِث
podnětpopudstimul
incitamenttilskyndelse
AnreizAnspornIncentive
kannustin
poticaj
hvatningar-, örvandi
奨励
장려금
paskata
pamudinājumsstimuls
incitament
สิ่งกระตุ้น
teşvikteşvik edici şey
phần thưởng khích lệ

incentive

[ɪnˈsentɪv]
A. Nincentivo m, estímulo m
an incentive to work harderun incentivo or estímulo para trabajar más
as an added incentive, they paid her airfarecomo incentivo adicional, le pagaron el billete de avión
they have no incentive to get a jobno tienen ningún incentivo para encontrar trabajo
production incentiveincentivo m a la producción
B. CPD incentive bonus Nprima f de incentivación
incentive payment Nincentivo m económico
incentive scheme Nplan m de incentivos
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incentive

[ɪnˈsɛntɪv] n (= inducement) → encouragement m, motivation f; (for investor)perspective f de gains
an incentive to do sth → une incitation à faire qch
an incentive for sb to do sth → une incitation pour qn à faire qch
to have no incentive to do sth → ne pas être incité(e) à faire qch
There is no incentive to work → Il n'y a rien qui incite à travailler.
tax incentives → incitations fiscalesincentive bonus incentive payment nprime f de rendementincentive scheme incentive plan, incentive system nsystème m de primes d'encouragement
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incentive

nAnreiz m; this will give them a bit of an incentivedas wird ihnen einen gewissen Anreiz or Ansporn geben; they have little incentive to keep goingihnen fehlt der Anreiz durchzuhalten; financial/economic incentivesfinanzielle/wirtschaftliche Anreize pl; incentive bonus paymentLeistungszulage f; incentive scheme (Ind) → Anreizsystem nt
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incentive

[ɪnˈsɛntɪv] nincentivo
there is no incentive to work → non c'è alcun incentivo al lavoro
it gave me an incentive → mi è servito da incentivo
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

incentive

(inˈsentiv) noun
something that encourages etc. Hope of promotion was an incentive to hard work.
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incentive

بَاعِثٌ podnět incitament Anreiz κίνητρο incentivo kannustin encouragement poticaj incentivo 奨励 장려금 stimulans incentiv zachęta incentivo стимул incitament สิ่งกระตุ้น teşvik phần thưởng khích lệ 激励
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in·cen·tive

n. incentivo, estímulo; incitante, estimulante.
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I wish I could render the incentives to every other equally innoxious in his case.'
Her visitors were startled and fascinated by the foreignness of this arrangement, which recalled scenes in French fiction, and architectural incentives to immorality such as the simple American had never dreamed of.
Has not the spirit of commerce, in many instances, administered new incentives to the appetite, both for the one and for the other?
With this added incentive I nearly drove Sola distracted by my importunities to hasten on my education and within a few more days I had mastered the Martian tongue sufficiently well to enable me to carry on a passable conversation and to fully understand practically all that I heard.
With Taglat there was another incentive--a secret and sinister incentive, which, had Tarzan of the Apes had knowledge of it, would have sent him at the other's throat in jealous rage.
And so was added a further incentive to the adventure.
Your religion," says he, "serves you only for an excuse for your faults, but is no incentive to your virtue.
Don't you remember the chapter in Marius where Pater talks of the gentle exercise of walking as the best incentive to conversation?"
For a long time Tarzan could not tell whether the beast was following out of friendly feelings or merely stalking him against the time he should be hungry; but finally he was forced to believe that the former incentive it was that prompted the animal's action.
The great chest in the bottom of Rajah Muda Saffir's prahu had awakened in other hearts as well as his, blind greed and avarice; so that as it had been the indirect cause of his disaster it now proved the incentive to another to turn the mishap to his own profit, and to the final undoing of the Malay.
- that you tried to kill him with brandy, that the clause in the concession was a direct incentive for you to get rid of him, and you left him in the bush only a few miles from Buckomari to be seized by the natives.
To see the man, whose introduction to Emily it had been Miss Jethro's mysterious object to prevent--at the very moment when he had been speaking of Miss Jethro herself--was, not only a temptation of curiosity, but a direct incentive (in Emily's own interests) to make an effort at discovery.