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incentive

noun [C or U] uk   /ɪnˈsen.tɪv/ us    /-t̬ɪv/
C2 something that encourages a person to do something: Tax incentives have been very effective in encouraging people to save and invest more of their income. [+ to infinitive] There is little incentive for people to leave their cars at home when public transport remains so expensive. Bonus payments provide an incentive to work harder.Attracting and temptingAttractiveSexual attraction
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