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[in-doos-muh nt, -dyoos-] /ɪnˈdus mənt, -ˈdyus-/
the act of inducing.
the state of being induced.
something that induces, motivates, or persuades; incentive.
Origin of inducement
1585-95; induce + -ment
Related forms
preinducement, noun
reinducement, noun
3. stimulus, spur, incitement; attraction, lure. See motive. Unabridged
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  • The mode in which a man is made subservient, is by inducement and persuasion.

    Thoughts on Man William Godwin
  • How are they to employ the day, or what inducement have they to employ it, in recruiting their stock of health?

    Sunday under Three Heads Charles Dickens
  • What inducement was there for Custance to throw herself on such mercy as that?

    The White Rose of Langley Emily Sarah Holt
  • They may walk, to be sure, but it is exactly the inducement to walk that they require.

    Sunday under Three Heads Charles Dickens
  • The fair man answered, with a kind of vocal padding, “But—you see—inducement—when I said inducement,” to gain time.

  • The inducement of the throne of Naples had been held out to Marchese di Pescara.

    Italy, the Magic Land Lilian Whiting
  • But for no inducement would they leave their dressing-rooms until the sun has gone down to the horizon.

    South America To-day Georges Clemenceau
  • Newspaper men used every inducement to get interviews from him.

British Dictionary definitions for inducement


the act of inducing
a means of inducing; persuasion; incentive
(law) (in pleading) the introductory part that leads up to and explains the matter in dispute
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Word Origin and History for inducement

1590s, "that which induces," from induce + -ment.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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