Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR INCENTIVES

"It's just credible that there may be other incentives," I said.

In which country did they denounce the preparations for the conflict, or the incentives of the conflict?

It is from this body of men that the incentives to progress chiefly spring.

The medals he had won and his love of sport were his incentives.

Greed, selfishness or fear-thoughts will be the incentives, the bribes.

Possessed of competence, they have no incentives to behave dishonestly.

The trade with the Indians was one of the incentives to colonization.

The incentives which are the most energetic in behalf of sociability then no longer act.

These are the incentives to most of their predatory excursions.

Winning is of small importance; contests are only incentives.

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.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.