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[in-doos-muh nt, -dyoos-]
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  1. the act of inducing.
  2. the state of being induced.
  3. something that induces, motivates, or persuades; incentive.
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Origin of inducement

First recorded in 1585–95; induce + -ment
Related formspre·in·duce·ment, nounre·in·duce·ment, noun


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3. stimulus, spur, incitement; attraction, lure.

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3. See motive.
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British Dictionary definitions for inducement


  1. the act of inducing
  2. a means of inducing; persuasion; incentive
  3. law (in pleading) the introductory part that leads up to and explains the matter in dispute
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Word Origin and History for inducement


1590s, "that which induces," from induce + -ment.

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