[ in-sen-tiv ]
/ ɪnˈsɛn tɪv /
something that incites or tends to incite to action or greater effort, as a reward offered for increased productivity.
inciting, as to action; stimulating; provocative.
Origin of incentive
in·cen·tive·ly, adverbcoun·ter·in·cen·tive, nounnon·in·cen·tive, adjectivepre·in·cen·tive, noun
su·per·in·cen·tive, noun, adjective
1. See motive.
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British Dictionary definitions for incentively
/ (ɪnˈsɛntɪv) /
a motivating influence; stimulus
- an additional payment made to employees as a means of increasing production
- (as modifier)an incentive scheme
serving to incite to action
Derived Formsincentively, adverb
Word Origin for incentive
C15: from Late Latin incentīvus (adj), from Latin: striking up, setting the tune, from incinere to sing, from in- ² + canere to sing
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