- The definition of incentive is something that makes someone want to do something or work harder.
An example of incentive is extra money offered to those employees who work extra hours on a project.
- Incentive is defined as something that encourages someone to do something or work harder.
An example of incentive is an ice cold beer at the end of a long bike ride.
Origin of incentiveMiddle English from Late Latin incentivum from neuter past participle of Classical Latin incinere, to sing from in-, in, on + canere, to sing: see chant
Origin of incentiveMiddle English from Late Latin incentīvum from neuter of incentīvus inciting from Latin setting the tune from incentus past participle of incinere to sound in- intensive pref. ; see in- 2. canere to sing ; see kan- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more incentive, superlative most incentive)
- Inciting; encouraging or moving; rousing to action; stimulating.
- Serving to kindle or set on fire.
From Medieval Latin incentivus (“that strikes up or sets the tune”), from incinere (“to strike up”), from in (“in, on”) + canere (“to sing”). The formation appears to have been influenced by incendere ' to set on fire'.