Definition of disincentive in English:



  • A factor, especially a financial disadvantage, that tends to discourage people from doing something.

    ‘spiraling house prices are beginning to act as a disincentive to development’
    • ‘In public healthcare systems, physicians are often salaried employees with compensation plans that may act as disincentives for innovation.’
    • ‘Recent government regulations in the United States have provided financial disincentives to discourage the ordering of chemistry panels that contain calcium.’
    • ‘There will be more financial barriers and disincentives to accessible care.’
    • ‘For general practitioners, government legislation imposes financial disincentives for non-compliance in that college's professional development programme.’
    • ‘Along with the profound political differences, these beliefs provide disincentives to negotiate and make the serious trade-offs required to end the civil war.’
    • ‘A precondition for sustainability over the long run in India is to curb our burgeoning population through incentives and disincentives.’
    • ‘Not that such disincentives dissuade the smart set from guzzling foreign brands.’
    • ‘This close link between contributions and benefits is designed to discourage evasion and labor disincentives.’
    • ‘There ought to be stiffer financial disincentives to owning multiple properties.’
    • ‘Incentives need to be reinforced by disincentives that discourage damaging actions.’
    • ‘So we will keep on working to break down barriers and disincentives to trade and investment.’
    • ‘The state has various disincentives to curbing these practices.’
    • ‘An essential ingredient of their success has been that their parents, a physicist and an educator, helped them to negotiate disincentives and obstacles along the way.’
    • ‘With appropriate training and support, many of these people could be provided with pathways out of the poverty traps that currently act as disincentives to finding work.’
    • ‘Does the report reveal what the disincentives and obstacles may be?’
    • ‘However, disincentives are the classic method this society uses to discourage anti-social behavior.’
    • ‘Many lecturers, faced with such discouragement and manifest disincentives, succumb to the pressure and base their assessment of students solely on tasks such as essays.’
    • ‘It says the UK tax regime ‘should be reformed to remove the financial disincentives in Scotland to growing a business beyond a certain level’.’
    • ‘Primary care physicians may also lack sufficient training and face financial disincentives to perform psychodiagnostic testing.’
    • ‘If it is thought, perhaps, that couples face financial disincentives to marry, then fiscal policy might be used to encourage them to marry, or remain married.’
    deterrent, discouragement, dissuasion, damper, brake, curb, check, restraint, inhibition
    obstacle, impediment, hindrance, obstruction, block, barrier
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