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inducement

[in-doos-muh nt, -dyoos-] /ɪnˈdus mənt, -ˈdyus-/
noun
1.
the act of inducing.
2.
the state of being induced.
3.
something that induces, motivates, or persuades; incentive.
Origin of inducement
1585-1595
First recorded in 1585-95; induce + -ment
Related forms
preinducement, noun
reinducement, noun
Synonyms
3. stimulus, spur, incitement; attraction, lure.
Synonym Study
3. See motive.
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  • 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
  • They may walk, to be sure, but it is exactly the inducement to walk that they require.

    Sunday under Three Heads Charles Dickens
  • The customer must have some inducement to bring in your rental battery and get his own.

  • The inducement of the throne of Naples had been held out to Marchese di Pescara.

    Italy, the Magic Land Lilian Whiting
  • Newspaper men used every inducement to get interviews from him.

  • "Give me that inducement, and I'll change them on the spot," said the Colonel.

    Among the Pines

    James R. Gilmore
  • I cannot conceive of any inducement which could entice me to make another voyage in her.

    The Upper Berth Francis Marion Crawford
  • "That's no inducement; but I'll join you," replied Hillard cheerfully.

    The Lure of the Mask Harold MacGrath
British Dictionary definitions for inducement

inducement

/ɪnˈdjuːsmənt/
noun
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
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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