disincentive

[ dis-in-sen-tiv ]
/ ˌdɪs ɪnˈsɛn tɪv /

noun

something that discourages or deters; deterrent: High interest rates and government regulations are disincentives to investment.

Nearby words

  1. disillusioned,
  2. disillusionize,
  3. disillusionment,
  4. disimpassioned,
  5. disimprison,
  6. disincentivize,
  7. disinclination,
  8. disincline,
  9. disinclined,
  10. disincorporate

Origin of disincentive

First recorded in 1945–50; dis-1 + incentive

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British Dictionary definitions for disincentive

disincentive

/ (ˌdɪsɪnˈsɛntɪv) /

noun

something that acts as a deterrent

adjective

acting as a deterrenta disincentive effect on productivity
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Word Origin and History for disincentive

disincentive

n.

1946; see dis- + incentive (n.).

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