Definition of "incentive" []

  • Something, such as the fear of punishment or the expectation of reward, that induces action or motivates effort. (noun)
  • Serving to induce or motivate: an incentive bonus for high productivity. (adjective)
  • A motivating influence; stimulus (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • An additional payment made to employees as a means of increasing production (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • Serving to incite to action (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "incentive" in a sentence
  • "Another incentive is the tax and duty-free importation of raw materials to be used for book publishing."
  • ""It's some incentive, but the incentive is always to win," Baker says."
  • "Any extra incentive is a plus, and when you have a whole team that wants to shove Selig's Death Wish down his throat, it can only help."