/ınˈsɛntıv/ noun, pl -tives
: something that encourages a person to do something or to work harder

Our salespeople are given financial incentives for reaching their quotas. [=if they reach their quotas they are paid more money]

The rising cost of electricity provides a strong/powerful incentive to conserve energy.

The government offers special tax incentives for entrepreneurs.

The company is offering a special low price as an added incentive for new customers.


employees who lack incentive

— opposite disincentive

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • in|cen|tive — «ihn SEHN tihv», noun, adjective. –n. a thing that urges a person on; a cause of action or effort; motive; stimulus: »The fun of playing the game was a greater incentive than the prize. This accentuated the world shortage, and added incentive to… …   Useful english dictionary

  • dis|in|cen|tive — «DIHS ihn SEHN tihv», noun. a thing that discourages effort or incentive: »High taxation is one of the causes of inflation, and a disincentive to hard work (Economist) …   Useful english dictionary

  • dis·in·cen·tive — /ˌdısınˈsɛntıv/ noun, pl tives [count] : something that causes or that could cause a person to decide not to do something We considered volunteering, but the complicated application process was a disincentive. The complicated application process… …   Useful english dictionary

  • tive — ab·duc·tive; ab·duc·tive·ly; ab·er·ra·tive; ab·re·ac·tive; ab·sorp·tive; ab·strac·tive; ac·cel·er·a·tive; ac·com·mo·da·tive; ac·cre·tive; ac·cul·tur·a·tive; ac·cu·mu·la·tive; ac·quis·i·tive; ac·quis·i·tive·ness; adapt·a·tive; ad·duc·tive;… …   English syllables

  • cen — cen·tri·cae; cen·tri·cal; cen·tric·i·ty; cen·trif·u·gal·i·za·tion; cen·trif·u·gal·ize; cen·trif·u·gal·ly; cen·trif·u·ga·tion; cen·trif·u·gence; cen·tring; cen·tri·ole; cen·trip·e·tal; cen·trip·e·tal·ism; cen·trip·e·tal·ly; cen·tris·ci·dae;… …   English syllables

  • con´cen|tra´tive|ness — con|cen|tra|tive «KON suhn TRAY tihv», adjective. tending to concentrate; concentrating. –con´cen|tra´tive|ness, noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • con|cen|tra|tive — «KON suhn TRAY tihv», adjective. tending to concentrate; concentrating. –con´cen|tra´tive|ness, noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • incentive — in·cen·tive …   English syllables

  • incentively — in·cen·tive·ly …   English syllables

  • Incentive — Zusatzvergütung; Sonderzulage; Gratifikation; Sonderzuwendung; Sondervergütung * * * In|cen|tive 〈[ınsɛ̣ntıv] m. 6〉 1. 〈Wirtsch.〉 Gratifikation od. Bonus, durch die bzw. den Mitarbeiter motiviert werden sollen 2. 〈allg.〉 Anreiz, eine bestimmte… …   Universal-Lexikon