Definition of Incentive

1. Noun. A positive motivational influence.

Exact synonyms: Inducement, Motivator
Generic synonyms: Rational Motive
Specialized synonyms: Dynamic, Moral Force
Antonyms: Disincentive
Derivative terms: Induce, Motivate



2. Noun. An additional payment (or other remuneration) to employees as a means of increasing output.
Exact synonyms: Bonus
Specialized synonyms: Premium, Dividend, Sales Incentive
Group relationships: Incentive Program, Incentive Scheme
Generic synonyms: Payment

Definition of Incentive

1. a. Inciting; encouraging or moving; rousing to action; stimulative.

2. n. 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.

Definition of Incentive

1. Noun. Something that motivates, rouses, or encourages. ¹

2. Noun. (orig. US, 1943) A bonus or reward, often monetary, to work harder. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Incentive

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Incentive

1. In experimental psychology, an object or goal of motivated behaviour. Origin: LL. Incentivus, provocative (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Incentive

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incension
incensions
incensive
incensor
incensors
incensory
incensurable
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incented
incenter
incenters
incenting
incentive (current term)
incentive option
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incentive stock option
incentiveless
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incentivises
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Literary usage of Incentive

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1. Modern American Poetry by Louis Untermeyer (1921)
"THE incentive I saw a sickly cellar plant Droop on its feeble stem, for want Of sun and ... This stagnant dampness, mould and rot Are your incentive to grow ..."

2. Modern American Poetry by Louis Untermeyer (1921)
"THE incentive I saw a sickly cellar plant Droop on its feeble stem, ... This stagnant dampness, mould and rot Are your incentive to grow tall And reach that ..."

3. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage by Inc. Merriam-Webster (1994)
"1916 add that terrible but effective incentive to greater effort: fear of losing a ... 1949 This of course provides an incentive to make the next release ..."

4. Socialism in Theory and Practice by Morris Hillquit (1909)
"1 incentive Under Socialism Next to the assertion that it would curtail individual liberty, the most popular objection to the proposed system of socialism ..."

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