Definition of disincentivize in English:


transitive verb

(also British disincentivise)
[with object]
  • Discourage (a person or course of action) by removing an incentive.

    ‘would such legislation disincentivize marriage?’
    • ‘People work long hours, or have long commutes that disincentivise going to a polling station.’
    • ‘They find themselves rejected by the university of their choice: an object lesson in how to disincentivise them for later life.’
    • ‘Many of these taxes disincentivise the economy as a whole.’
    • ‘It made little sense to disincentivise students from going to college.’
    • ‘No - but this bill will disincentivise those parents.’
    • ‘The greatest risk of all is that such policies demotivate and disincentivise those on average incomes or above.’
    • ‘I don't see how in a declining market we can disincentivise their walking away.’
    • ‘Won't greater spending simply raise the interest rate, disincentivise private investment and increase the burden of indebted families?’
    • ‘The success of the last decade has been to stop our public prices, disincentivising people to mail in Dundalk instead of Newry.’
    • ‘They reflect successive governments' policy preference for rationing demand while disincentivising the private sector.’
    • ‘But the resilient design helps to disincentivize terrorism, by reducing its rewards.’
    • ‘We should be incentivising and not disincentivising those parents who need to be paying.’



/ˌdisinˈsen(t)ivīz/ /ˌdɪsɪnˈsɛn(t)ɪvaɪz/