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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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  • inducement – something that helps bring about an action or a desired result; an incentive

    July 14, 2008