Definition of disincentive in English:



  • A factor, especially a financial disadvantage, that discourages a particular action.

    ‘spiralling house prices are beginning to act as a disincentive to development’
    • ‘Recent government regulations in the United States have provided financial disincentives to discourage the ordering of chemistry panels that contain calcium.’
    • ‘There will be more financial barriers and disincentives to accessible care.’
    • ‘Many lecturers, faced with such discouragement and manifest disincentives, succumb to the pressure and base their assessment of students solely on tasks such as essays.’
    • ‘It says the UK tax regime ‘should be reformed to remove the financial disincentives in Scotland to growing a business beyond a certain level’.’
    • ‘There ought to be stiffer financial disincentives to owning multiple properties.’
    • ‘For general practitioners, government legislation imposes financial disincentives for non-compliance in that college's professional development programme.’
    • ‘Primary care physicians may also lack sufficient training and face financial disincentives to perform psychodiagnostic testing.’
    • ‘If it is thought, perhaps, that couples face financial disincentives to marry, then fiscal policy might be used to encourage them to marry, or remain married.’
    • ‘This close link between contributions and benefits is designed to discourage evasion and labor disincentives.’
    • ‘Incentives need to be reinforced by disincentives that discourage damaging actions.’
    • ‘So we will keep on working to break down barriers and disincentives to trade and investment.’
    • ‘With appropriate training and support, many of these people could be provided with pathways out of the poverty traps that currently act as disincentives to finding work.’
    • ‘An essential ingredient of their success has been that their parents, a physicist and an educator, helped them to negotiate disincentives and obstacles along the way.’
    • ‘The state has various disincentives to curbing these practices.’
    • ‘Does the report reveal what the disincentives and obstacles may be?’
    • ‘Not that such disincentives dissuade the smart set from guzzling foreign brands.’
    • ‘A precondition for sustainability over the long run in India is to curb our burgeoning population through incentives and disincentives.’
    • ‘In public healthcare systems, physicians are often salaried employees with compensation plans that may act as disincentives for innovation.’
    • ‘However, disincentives are the classic method this society uses to discourage anti-social behavior.’
    • ‘Along with the profound political differences, these beliefs provide disincentives to negotiate and make the serious trade-offs required to end the civil war.’
    deterrent, discouragement, dissuasion, damper, brake, curb, check, restraint, inhibition
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  • Tending to discourage.

    ‘higher taxes have major disincentive effects on work effort’
    • ‘Licence duties tend to have very small disincentive effects on car ownership due to their relatively low level (they are primarily put in place by governments to raise revenue).’
    • ‘With progressive tax systems, such disincentive effects can be significant to secondary earners, but much less so to primary earners, as most economists now agree.’
    • ‘West European countries that have embraced high levels of social spending choose taxes that have relatively small deadweight losses and pay attention to disincentive effects.’
    • ‘Increased revenues could be raised by such a tax without a significant danger of fiscal flight, disincentive effects, or unacceptable costs.’
    • ‘Since Rutherford perceived disincentive effects in George's system, he believed that he had found a reason to reject it.’
    • ‘Deregulation would not have the same tax disincentive effects and would enhance workplace flexibility.’
    • ‘This tax disincentive effect will therefore further reduce the altruistic payoff to the young.’
    • ‘If such job opportunities are low-skilled and low-paid, the disincentive effects on such travelling could be considerable.’
    • ‘The effect is due to a number of factors, but principally is attributable to the incentive effect on investment and enterprise of a lower tax take, and the disincentive effect on tax avoidance.’
    • ‘There's no obvious economic reason that a rise in marginal tax rates of this order would have a serious disincentive effect, but there's a strong political argument against it.’
    • ‘Collection costs are high and the disincentive effects are heavy - many of our taxes discourage productive economic activity.’
    • ‘Once these transfers are paid, they tend to ‘stick’ to the recipients, probably due to their disincentive effects.’
    • ‘However, as will be seen below, the calculation of the trade-off in Chart 2 ignores the disincentive effect of taxation.’
    • ‘So long as this is the case, any distortions caused by the taxation will be modest, as will the disincentive effects on labor supply.’
    • ‘Brown did, however, stress the speculative nature of the disincentive effects and the likelihood of evasion.’
    • ‘Such circumstances, needless to say, had a disincentive effect upon agricultural production.’
    • ‘To tax the rewards of such success would be to create a disincentive effect that would lead to little or no innovation.’
    • ‘Those banks which fail to show improvement in response to the monitorable action plan will be subjected to a disincentive package.’