something that incites or tends to incite to action or greater effort, as a reward offered for increased productivity.
inciting, as to action; stimulating; provocative.
Late Latin incentīvus provocative, Latin: setting the tune, equivalent. to incent(us) ( past participle of incinere to play (an instrument, tunes); in-in-2 + -cinere, combining form of canere to sing) + -īvus -ive
late Middle English 1400–50
1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged stimulus, spur, incitement, impulse, encouragement; goad, prod. See motive.