verb (used with object), dis·in·cen·tiv·ized, dis·in·cen·tiv·iz·ing.

to discourage or deter by removing incentives: The expiration of tax credits will disincentivize future participation in the energy-efficiency program.More affordable cholesterol-lowering medication may disincentivize people from adopting a vegetarian diet.

Nearby words

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

Origin of disincentivize

First recorded in 1985–90; dis-1 + incentivize

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