incentive

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search
See also: Incentive and incentivé

English[edit]

English Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia

Etymology[edit]

From Medieval Latin incentīvus (that strikes up or sets the tune), from incinō (to strike up), from in- (in, on) + canō (to sing). The formation appears to have been influenced by incendō (to set on fire).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɪnˈsɛntɪv/
    • (file)
  • 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.

Antonyms[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • German: Incentive

Translations[edit]

Adjective[edit]

incentive (comparative more incentive, superlative most incentive)

  1. Inciting; encouraging or moving; rousing to action; stimulating.
    • 1667, attributed to Richard Allestree, The Causes of the Decay of Christian Piety. [], London: [] R. Norton for T. Garthwait, [], OCLC 1114833197:
      Competency is of all other proportions the most incentive to industry.
  2. Serving to kindle or set on fire.

Further reading[edit]

Anagrams[edit]


Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

incentīve

  1. vocative masculine singular of incentīvus

Portuguese[edit]

Verb[edit]

incentive

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

Spanish[edit]

Verb[edit]

incentive

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