Origin of incentive
Examples from the Web for incentive
In addition, because House Democrats were cut out of the negotiations over the bill, they don't feel any incentive to play ball.
As it stands, candidates do not have much of an incentive to come out in favor of same-sex marriage.
Until scholars and collectors stop buying, antiquities dealers have no incentive to stop selling.Dismembering History: The Shady Online Trade in Ancient Texts|Candida Moss|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This is an incentive to continue running in the interest of society.
Of course, the incentive for the Gingrich team would be not to delete the phony accounts.
It has become part of their thought, incentive to their action, source of their energies.The Nervous Housewife|Abraham Myerson
What a successful man, of marked force of character, has done, may be an incentive and an encouragement to others.
The opportunity and the incentive to emulate increase greatly in scope and urgency.The Theory of the Leisure Class|Thorstein Veblen
It would not be reasonable to blame Misery or Rushton for not wishing to do good, honest work--there was no incentive.The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists|Robert Tressell
It means that the incentive to raise cattle will be destroyed.The Trail Horde|Charles Alden Seltzer
British Dictionary definitions for incentive
- an additional payment made to employees as a means of increasing production
- (as modifier)an incentive scheme
Word Origin for incentive
Word Origin and History for incentive
early 15c., from Late Latin incentivum, noun use of neuter of Latin adjective incentivus "setting the tune" (in Late Latin "inciting"), from past participle stem of incinere "strike up," from in- "in, into" (see in- (2)) + canere "sing" (see chant (v.)). Sense influenced by association with incendere "to kindle." The adjective use, in reference to a system of rewards meant to encourage harder work, first attested 1943 in jargon of the U.S. war economy; as a noun, in this sense, from 1948.