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    incitement vs incentive

    Hello again, I keep having problems with multiple-cloze exercises. Let's see what you think of this one:
    "My job is so enjoyable and generously paid that I have little ................. to look for promotion elsewhere"
    a. incitement b. influence c. incentive d. instigation
    Apparently, the correct answer is "incentive", but I really can't see why "incitement" is not possible , as it means "motive".
    Thanks

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    Re: incitement vs incentive

    Incitement from incite, meaning to urge, to provoke.

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    Re: incitement vs incentive

    Incentive:
    "If something is an incentive to do something, it encourages you to do it."

    Incitement:

    "If someone is accused of incitement to violent or illegal behaviour, they are accused of encouraging people to behave in that way."

    I didn't think those two definitions really provided a clear answer so I looked up incite and this is what I got:

    "to encourage someone to do or feel something unpleasant or violent"

    As incitement is a derivative of incite, I think you should probably get a really good idea as to why incitement is not correct.

    Cheers.

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    Re: incitement vs incentive

    Quote Originally Posted by Noego View Post

    As incitement is a derivative of incite, I think you should probably get a really good idea as to why incitement is not correct.
    Provoke kind of says it all, wouldn't you agree?

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    Re: incitement vs incentive

    Yes, I think provoke does. I think it's a good thing you added provoke as urge doesn't quite does it.

    Micaelo, in case you'd like a definition of provoke:

    "If you provoke someone, you deliberately annoy them and try to make them behave aggressively."

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