In*cen"tive, n. [L. incentivum.]
That which moves or influences the mind, or operates on the
passions; that which incites, or has a tendency to incite, to
determination or action; that which prompts to good or ill; motive;
spur; as, the love of money, and the desire of promotion, are two
powerful incentives to action.
The greatest obstacles, the greatest terrors that come
in their way, are so far from making them quit the work they had
begun, that they rather prove incentives to them to go on in
Syn. -- Motive; spur; stimulus; incitement; encouragement;
In*cen"tive (?), a. [L.
incentivus, from incinere to strike up or set the tune;
pref. in- + canere to sing. See Enchant,
1. Inciting; encouraging or moving; rousing
to action; stimulative.
Competency is the most incentive to
industry. Dr. H. More.
2. Serving to kindle or set on fire.
Part incentive reed
Provide, pernicious with one touch of fire.