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

Origin of disincentive

First recorded in 1945–50; dis-1 + incentive
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  1. something that acts as a deterrent
  1. acting as a deterrenta disincentive effect on productivity
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Word Origin and History for disincentive

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

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