✅ Incentive and inducement both refer to things that can motivate people. An incentive is often a kind of reward that’s offered in return for doing something. (I was promised a chocolate cake as an incentive to go to my grandmother’s house).
✅ Inducement is similar but even stronger, and usually suggests that someone is being convinced to do something rather than being motivated. (He received a pay raise as an inducement for accepting longer hours at work).
✅ An inducement can be a bit sinister sometimes. The word is usually used to imply that someone is being convinced to do something they wouldn’t otherwise do. (They knew their inducement would make him sign the contract).
✅ While you can use the two words interchangeably, it’s best to use incentive when someone is being encouraged to do something, and use inducement when the persuasion is more forceful.
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