- incentive [in sent′iv]adj.[ME < LL incentivum < neut. pp. of L incinere, to sing < in-, in, on + canere, to sing: see CHANT]stimulating one to take action, work harder, etc.; encouraging; motivatingn.something that stimulates one to take action, work harder, etc.; stimulus; encouragement
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.