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In experimental psychology, an object or goal of motivated behavior.
[LL. incentivus, provocative]
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Any stimulus that encourages a desired response. Incentives may be provided to patients (e.g., to ensure adherence to treatment plans), to practitioners (e.g., to improve productivity or job performance), or to students (e.g., to improve grades).

financial incentive

A cash payment made to a patient who achieves a health-related goal such as sustaining a weight loss over a 6-month period or maintaining abstinence from a toxic substance.
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The TRAI says the regulations also provide for deterrent as financial disincentives against false reporting and delay in submission of report of the Quality of Service benchmarks.
When the overhead costs are added together, (24 percent compliance costs, 33 percent disincentive costs, and 8 percent other costs), they total 65 percent of tax revenue.
"In order to ensure compliance of MNP regulations by access providers, the authority has decided to amend the regulations to incorporate the provisions for levying financial disincentives where contravention is established in rejection of porting requests and also in the timelines specified in the regulations."
What makes the picture even more grim, and acts as a positive disincentive for people to set up business in manufacturing, is the combined debilitating effect of the minimum wage imposition, continuing red tape, oppressive employment legislation, energy costs, manufacturing's lessened role, the explosion in public sector employment and total confusion between employment and productivity.
So any disincentive to save must be bad for Britain.
Variable fees were not a 'disincentive' to students from poorer backgrounds, Mr Clarke said.
decision to stay out of the treaty," Rumsfeld seemed less concerned about that than his worry that the court's all-encompassing claim of jurisdiction would "create a powerful disincentive for U.S.
Chris Lea, a director of Stoford Developments, which has completed projects at Binley Business Park, Manor House Drive in Coventry, and Spa Park, Leamington, said the tax was "a big disincentive to new development."
A rent roll consisting of tenants obligated for the medium and long term may be a disincentive for an owner to spend money now.
"It's only once you get beyond 50 per cent you can start to look for disincentive effects.
It would make sense that if consumers have an incentive to save, they would also have a relative disincentive to spend.