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[dis-in-sen-tiv] /ˌdɪs ɪnˈsɛn tɪv/
something that discourages or deters; deterrent:
High interest rates and government regulations are disincentives to investment.
Origin of disincentive
1945-50; dis- + incentive Unabridged
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Examples from the web for disincentive
  • People are used to being wary, and the general sense that you are under surveillance acts as a disincentive.
  • Namely, a disincentive to write or keep technical papers that then would become the author's responsibility to keep secret.
  • Almost instantaneously you would see a huge disincentive to work.
  • Indeed, the estate tax's high rate suggests that it could have big disincentive effects.
  • Otherwise we're facing yet another powerful entropic disincentive to original invention in this country.
  • When you tax income you are providing a disincentive for people to produce wealth.
  • We should also place a monetary disincentive on size.
  • Prohibitive costs can be a disincentive to take a trip.
  • The tax would disincentive this type of trading, which is the intent.
  • The cost structure for large companies becomes heinously distorted, and the disincentive to entrepreneurship is intense.
British Dictionary definitions for disincentive


something that acts as a deterrent
acting as a deterrent: a disincentive effect on productivity
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Word Origin and History for disincentive

1946; see dis- + incentive (n.).

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