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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR INCENTIVE

There was one incentive for taking her; it would please Mrs. Roberts.

That's the only incentive you can suggest for spying, unconnected with my affairs?

He appreciated that Mary Philipse was the incentive that had put him where he was.

Instinct, I suppose; for now at last I 352 have an incentive.

Scarcely one seemed to possess the incentive to breathe a whisper.

A man could not write anything sincere with the elevation of the public as incentive.

I assure you I am twice as glad to have an incentive instead of a lady directress.

Thus in both cases the incentive to the utmost exertion was wanting.

Give him that, and he will have no incentive to insurrection.

I suppose with that name she never had any incentive to outgrow her nature.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., from Late Latin incentivum, noun use of neuter of Latin adjective incentivus "setting the tune" (in Late Latin "inciting"), from past participle stem of incinere "strike up," from in- "in, into" (see in- (2)) + canere "sing" (see chant (v.)). Sense influenced by association with incendere "to kindle." The adjective use, in reference to a system of rewards meant to encourage harder work, first attested 1943 in jargon of the U.S. war economy; as a noun, in this sense, from 1948.

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