from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Something that helps bring about an action or a desired result; an incentive: tax breaks intended as an inducement to greater reinvestment.
- n. The act or process of inducing: inducement of sleep.
- n. Law An introductory or background statement explaining the main allegations in a proceeding.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An incentive that helps bring about a desired state.
- n. An introductory statement of facts or background information.
- n. The act of placing a port on a vessel's itinerary because the volume of cargo offered at that port justifies the cost of routing the vessel.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of inducing, or the state of being induced.
- n. That which induces; a motive or consideration that leads one to action or induces one to act.
- n. Matter stated by way of explanatory preamble or introduction to the main allegations of a pleading; a leading to.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That which induces; anything that leads the mind to will or to act; that which influences one's conduct; motive; incentive.
- n. A preamble, preface, or introductory explanation; an induction. See induction, n., 4.
- n. In law, a statement which leads to the main statement; facts and circumstances stated by way of preliminary to show out of what the act or transaction directly in question arose.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a positive motivational influence
- n. act of bringing about a desired result
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Another way of putting it is that in selecting a glass company for an insurance-covered repair, the consumer is acting as an agent for the insurance company, and as such an agent the consumer is taking a monetary inducement from a particular vendor to throw business to that vendor.
Because less than that is not going to offer them a long-term inducement to eschew nuclear weapons.
"What inducement is there to do it"? and so forth, and so on.
[Page 4] are not yet completely free: War, and the consequent enslavement of women, has been the main inducement to Polygamy, with its conception of women as property, and its debasement of love to physical enjoyment: War has engendered and perpetuated that dominance of man as a military animal which has pervaded every social institution from Parliament downwards.
This refers to the desertions of the H.B. Co. Free-hunters under inducement from the American traders, concerning which there has been some reflection cast upon Gen.W. H. Ashley, but without real evidence to support it.
The amount of current investment will depend, in turn, on what we shall call the inducement to invest; and the inducement to invest will be found to depend on the relation between the schedule of the marginal efficiency of capital and the complex of rates of interest on loans of various maturities and risks.
The definition of corruption in terms of Act 94 of 1992, which serves as the basis for prosecution, is mainly predicated on the notion of inducement and seems to ignore the inherent conflict of interest between public and private interest.
AGREEMENTS.If one strategy to induce favorable decisions or agreements is an attempt to make the alternative to such agreement worse, a complementary strategy is inducement, that is, to make agreement more valuable.
The inducement was the best that could have been offered.
His inducement was a bonus of one thousand dollars.