One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A system of charges and rebates whereby energy-efficient or environmentally friendly practices are rewarded while failure to adhere to such practices is penalized.
- ‘He proposes a nifty scheme of ‘feebates,‘which would reduce the consumer price of such energy-efficient cars while increasing the price of gas guzzlers.’
- ‘Peter Dunne suggested paying people to take older vehicles off the road, and the Greens have suggested barring imports of older vehicles combined with fuel efficiency dependent ‘feebates’ on registration.’
- ‘The best way I know of to encourage more efficient automobile buying habits is called a feebate.’
1990s: blend of fee and rebate.
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