What does Incentive mean?

Definitions for Incentiveɪnˈsɛn tɪv

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Incentive.

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


  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

  4. Origin: [L. incentivus, from incinere to strike up or set the tune; pref. in- + canere to sing. See Enchant, Chant.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Incentive

    in-sent′iv, adj. inciting, encouraging: (Milt.) igniting.—n. that which incites to action or moves the mind: motive. [L. incentivus, striking up a tune—incinĕrein, in, canĕre, to sing.]

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Incentive in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Incentive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Vikrant Parsai:

    There would be more incentive to success if successful men seemed to enjoy life more.

  2. Francisco Jose Lloreda:

    There is uncertainty for 2015 ... The tax could kill the incentive to make investments.

  3. Hosea Ballou:

    Weary the path that does not challenge. Doubt is an incentive to truth and patient inquiry leadeth the way.

  4. Philip Sidney:

    To be ambitious of true honor, of the true glory and perfection of our natures, is the very principle and incentive of virtue.

  5. Gordon Conway:

    Poor farmers don't have the money, time or labor to prevent degradation or improve their soils, if they don't have land tenure, there is no incentive to invest in improving their farms.

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