Incentive In*cen"tive, a. [L. incentivus, from incinere to strike up or set the tune; pref. in- + canere to sing. See {Enchant}, {Chant}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Inciting; encouraging or moving; rousing to action; stimulative. [1913 Webster]

Competency is the most incentive to industry. --Dr. H. More. [1913 Webster]

2. Serving to kindle or set on fire. [R.] [1913 Webster]

Part incentive reed Provide, pernicious with one touch of fire. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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