V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: something that encourages action

Synonyms: inducement, enticement, instigation, stimulus, motivation, impetus, encouragement, inspiration


Tips: Fear of punishment or expectation of reward are incentives to stop or start action. An incentive can also refer to additional payment to an employee to increase output and productivity. Incentive can also be used as an adjective, to describe anything which motivates or encourages.

Usage Examples:

The promise of a promotion and raise gave her the incentive she needed to bring in more sales. (stimulus, motive)

Newly single, he suddenly had incentive to begin a self-improvement program. (motive, inspiration)

Our company gave its employees great benefits and stock options as incentive to stay on for the long term. (encouragement, motive)

Auto makers often offer incentive plans to new buyers in order to drive sales. (inducement, enticement) adjective

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