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[in-doos-muh nt, -dyoos-] /ɪnˈdus mənt, -ˈdyus-/
the act of inducing.
the state of being induced.
something that induces, motivates, or persuades; incentive.
Origin of inducement
First recorded in 1585-95; induce + -ment
Related forms
preinducement, noun
reinducement, noun
3. stimulus, spur, incitement; attraction, lure.
Synonym Study
3. See motive. Unabridged
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  • The mode in which a man is made subservient, is by inducement and persuasion.

    Thoughts on Man William Godwin
  • Is there no inducement that I can hold out to you to leave me?

    Capitola's Peril Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
  • What inducement was there for Custance to throw herself on such mercy as that?

    The White Rose of Langley Emily Sarah Holt
  • Half this amount had been offered in 1825, but the inducement was not then sufficient.

    All Afloat William Wood
  • The fair man answered, with a kind of vocal padding, “But—you see—inducement—when I said inducement,” to gain time.

  • Left to myself, I felt no inducement to take up any profession or business.

    My Terminal Moraine Frank E. Stockton
  • But for no inducement would they leave their dressing-rooms until the sun has gone down to the horizon.

    South America To-day Georges Clemenceau
  • How are they to employ the day, or what inducement have they to employ it, in recruiting their stock of health?

    Sunday under Three Heads Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for inducement


the act of inducing
a means of inducing; persuasion; incentive
(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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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