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incentive (s) (noun), incentives (pl)
1. Something that encourages or motivates someone to do something or to work harder: The rising cost of electricity provides a strong incentive to turn appliances off when they are not needed.
2. Something, such as the fear of punishment or the expectation of reward, that induces action or motivates an effort: The fear of having to go to the principal's office after school was a strong incentive for Gertrude to follow the rules of the playground.
3. Etymology: from about 1432, from Late Latin incentivum, the noun use of neuter Latin incentivus, "setting the tune"; in Late Latin "inciting", from the stem of incinere, "to strike up, to sound, to sing"; from in-, "in, into" + canere, "to sing".

The sense, or meaning, is influenced by association with Latin incendere, "to kindle, to set on fire"; however, keep in mind that incentive does NOT come from this etymological source.

Something which stimulates another person to work harder.
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Something that motivates or induces others to work for a reward.
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(Latin: impel, goad, sting, spur, incentive, full of incentives)
Word Entries at Get Words: “incentive
Anything that encourages or motivates others to work harder to achieve objectives or goals; that which makes others want to strive for greater success. (2)