incentive

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Medieval Latin incentivus (that strikes up or sets the tune), from incinere (to strike up), from in (in, on) + canere (to sing). The formation appears to have been influenced by incendere ' to set on fire'.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɪnˈsɛntɪv/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛntɪv
  • Hyphenation: in‧cen‧tive

Noun[edit]

incentive (plural incentives)

  1. Something that motivates, rouses, or encourages.
    • 2013 June 7, David Simpson, “Fantasy of navigation”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 26, page 36:
      It is tempting to speculate about the incentives or compulsions that might explain why anyone would take to the skies in [the] basket [of a balloon]: perhaps out of a desire to escape the gravity of this world or to get a preview of the next; […].
    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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Adjective[edit]

incentive (comparative more incentive, superlative most incentive)

  1. Inciting; encouraging or moving; rousing to action; stimulating.
    • (Can we date this quote by Dr. H. More and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      Competency is the most incentive to industry.
  2. Serving to kindle or set on fire.

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Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

incentīve

  1. vocative masculine singular of incentīvus

Portuguese[edit]

Verb[edit]

incentive

  1. first-person singular present subjunctive of incentivar
  2. third-person singular present subjunctive of incentivar
  3. first-person singular imperative of incentivar
  4. third-person singular imperative of incentivar

Spanish[edit]

Verb[edit]

incentive

  1. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of incentivar.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of incentivar.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of incentivar.