Definitions for Incentiveɪnˈsɛn tɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•cen•tive*ɪnˈsɛn tɪv(n.)

  1. something that incites or tends to incite to action or greater effort.

  2. (adj.)inciting, as to action.

* Syn: See motive.

Origin of incentive:

1400–50; late ME < LL incentīvus provocative, L: setting the tune, der. of incentus, ptp. of incinere to play (an instrument, tunes) =in-in-2+canere to sing


Princeton's WordNet

  1. incentive, inducement, motivator(noun)

    a positive motivational influence

  2. bonus, incentive(noun)

    an additional payment (or other remuneration) to employees as a means of increasing output

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. incentive(noun)ɪnˈsɛn tɪv

    sth to encourage sb

    The company offers incentives for working overtime.; She has no incentive to study harder.


  1. incentive(Noun)

    Something that motivates, rouses, or encourages.

    I have no incentive to do housework right now.

  2. Origin: From medieval Latin incentivus, from incinere, from in + canere. The formation appears to have been influenced by incendere ' to set on fire'.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Incentive(adj)

    inciting; encouraging or moving; rousing to action; stimulative

  2. Incentive(adj)

    serving to kindle or set on fire

  3. Incentive(noun)

    that which moves or influences the mind, or operates on the passions; that which incites, or has a tendency to incite, to determination or action; that which prompts to good or ill; motive; spur; as, the love of money, and the desire of promotion, are two powerful incentives to action


  1. Incentive

    An incentive is something that motivates an individual to perform an action. The study of incentive structures is central to the study of all economic activities. Economic analysis, then, of the differences between societies largely amounts to characterizing the differences in incentive structures faced by individuals involved in these collective efforts. Ultimately, incentives aim to provide value for money and contribute to organizational success.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Incentive' in Nouns Frequency: #1658

Translations for Incentive

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


something that encourages etc

Hope of promotion was an incentive to hard work.

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