Part of speech: adjective

Encouraging or impelling.

Part of speech: noun

An incitement.

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Usage examples "incentive":

  1. Oh yes, Mr. Stephenson, a sweetheart's a prime incentive. - "The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg and Other Stories", Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) Last Updated: February 18, 2009.
  2. The sacrifice of Calvary, while it is the ground of our salvation, supplies the standard and incentive of moral attainment. - "The Expositor's Bible: Ephesians", G. G. Findlay.
  3. She alone had not only the incentive, but the necessary opportunity. - "The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow", Anna Katharine Green.