[Ads-l] _incents_ , encourage, to offer incentives

Andy Bach afbach at GMAIL.COM
Thu Aug 2 13:00:58 EDT 2018

New (and painful) to me:
Two amendments were adopted before it was passed into law:
one from Council member [Lisa] Herbold incents bike-share provider
companies to provide adaptive vehicles and/or devices for people with
disabilities, ...


I found:
The verb *incent*, a backformation of the noun *incentive*, has an OED
entry that documents the forms *incented* and *incenting*, but none for
plain incent. The earliest citation is from 1844: “Incented by the stupid
ambition of an ignorant mother, she thought that the purse of the one was
far superior to the heart of the other.” The most recent (1997) identifies
*incent* as not quite standard by enclosing it in quotations: “Workers need
to be ‘incented’ with bonuses, stock options, and dispersed



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