- IPA: /ɪnˈsɛntɪv/
incentive (plural incentives)
- Something that motivates, rouses, or encourages.
- I have no incentive to do housework right now.
- A bonus or reward, often monetary, to work harder.
- Management offered the sales team a $500 incentive for each car sold.
- French: intérêt, motivation
- German: Anreiz, Ansporn
- Portuguese: incentivo, motivação
- Russian: сти́мул
- Spanish: incentivo, aliciente
- Inciting; encouraging or moving; rousing to action; stimulating.
- Competency is the most incentive to industry.
- 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.