from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Something that helps bring about an action or a desired result; an incentive.
  • noun The act or process of inducing.
  • noun Law Misrepresentation that leads a person to enter into a contract or transaction with a false understanding of the risks and obligations.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun That which induces; anything that leads the mind to will or to act; that which influences one's conduct; motive; incentive.
  • noun A preamble, preface, or introductory explanation; an induction. See induction, n., 4.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of inducing, or the state of being induced.
  • noun That which induces; a motive or consideration that leads one to action or induces one to act.
  • noun (Law) Matter stated by way of explanatory preamble or introduction to the main allegations of a pleading; a leading to.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An incentive that helps bring about a desired state.
  • noun law An introductory statement of facts or background information.
  • noun shipping 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a positive motivational influence
  • noun 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