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disincentive

noun [C]
 
 
/ˌdɪsɪnˈsentɪv/ US   /-ṱɪv/
something that makes a person or organization less willing to do something: A culture of corruption is a disincentive to investment and trade.serve as/act as a disincentive High severance costs can act as a disincentive to hire new workers.a disincentive (for sb) to do sth The tax on large pensions could be a disincentive to save for retirement.a disincentive to doing sth Working on a fixed-fee basis is a disincentive to agreeing to act for certain clients. a major/strong/powerful disincentivecreate/provide a disincentive Prices send signals to producers telling them what to supply, while taxes create disincentives.
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