• IPA: /ɪnˈsɛntɪv/

incentive (plural incentives)

  1. Something that motivates, rouses, or encourages.
    I have no incentive to do housework right now.
  2. A bonus or reward, often monetary, to work harder.
    Management offered the sales team a $500 incentive for each car sold.
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  1. Inciting; encouraging or moving; rousing to action; stimulating.
    • Competency is the most incentive to industry.
  2. Serving to kindle or set on fire.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 6”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      Part incentive reed / Provide, pernicious with one touch of fire.

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