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Meaning of INCENTIVE

Pronunciation:  in'sentiv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a positive motivational influence
  2. [n]  an additional payment (or other remuneration) to employees as a means of increasing output

INCENTIVE is a 9 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: bonus, inducement, motivator
 Antonyms: deterrence, disincentive
 See Also: bunce, dividend, dynamic, godsend, gravy, incentive program, incentive scheme, moral force, payment, rational motive, sales incentive, windfall



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \In*cen"tive\, a. [L. incentivus, from incinere to
    strike up or set the tune; pref. in- + canere to sing. See
    {Enchant}, {Chant}.]
    1. Inciting; encouraging or moving; rousing to action;
             Competency is the most incentive to industry. --Dr.
                                                   H. More.
    2. Serving to kindle or set on fire. [R.]
             Part incentive reed
             Provide, pernicious with one touch of fire.
  2. \In*cen"tive\, n. [L. incentivum.]
    That which moves or influences the mind, or operates on the
    passions; that which incites, or has a tendency to incite, to
    determination or action; that which prompts to good or ill;
    motive; spur; as, the love of money, and the desire of
    promotion, are two powerful incentives to action.
          The greatest obstacles, the greatest terrors that come
          in their way, are so far from making them quit the work
          they had begun, that they rather prove incentives to
          them to go on in it.                     --South.
    Syn: Motive; spur; stimulus; incitement; encouragement;
         inducement; influence.
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