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INCEN'TIVE, a. [Low L. incentivus, from incendo, to burn.]

Inciting; encouraging or moving.

Competency is the most incentive to industry.

INCEN'TIVE, n. [Low L. incentivum.]

1. That which kindles or inflames; used now in a figurative sense only.

2. That which moves the mind or operates on the passions; that which incites or has a tendency to incite to determination or action; that which prompts to good or ill; motive; spur. The love of money, and the desire of promotion, are two most powerful incentives to action.



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INCEN'TIVE, a. [Low L. incentivus, from incendo, to burn.]

Inciting; encouraging or moving.

Competency is the most incentive to industry.

INCEN'TIVE, n. [Low L. incentivum.]

1. That which kindles or inflames; used now in a figurative sense only.

2. That which moves the mind or operates on the passions; that which incites or has a tendency to incite to determination or action; that which prompts to good or ill; motive; spur. The love of money, and the desire of promotion, are two most powerful incentives to action.

IN-CEN'TIVE, a. [Low L. incentivus, from incendo, to burn.]

Inciting; encouraging or moving. Competency is the most incentive to industry. Decay of Piety.


IN-CEN'TIVE, n. [Low L. incentivum.]

  1. That which kindles or inflames; used now in a figurative sense only.
  2. That which moves the mind or operates on the passions; that which incites or has a tendency to incite to determination or action; that which prompts to good or ill; motive; spur. The love of money, and the desire of promotion, are two most powerful incentives to action.

In*cen"tive
  1. Inciting; encouraging or moving; rousing to action; stimulative.

    Competency is the most incentive to industry. Dr. H. More.

  2. That which moves or influences the mind, or operates on the passions; that which incites, or has a tendency to incite, to determination or action; that which prompts to good or ill; motive; spur; as, the love of money, and the desire of promotion, are two powerful incentives to action.

    The greatest obstacles, the greatest terrors that come in their way, are so far from making them quit the work they had begun, that they rather prove incentives to them to go on in it. South.

    Syn. -- Motive; spur; stimulus; incitement; encouragement; inducement; influence.

  3. Serving to kindle or set on fire.

    [R.]

    Part incentive reed
    Provide, pernicious with one touch of fire.
    Milton.

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Incentive

INCEN'TIVE, adjective [Low Latin incentivus, from incendo, to burn.]

Inciting; encouraging or moving.

Competency is the most incentive to industry.

INCEN'TIVE, noun [Low Latin incentivum.]

1. That which kindles or inflames; used now in a figurative sense only.

2. That which moves the mind or operates on the passions; that which incites or has a tendency to incite to determination or action; that which prompts to good or ill; motive; spur. The love of money, and the desire of promotion, are two most powerful incentives to action.

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