[countable, uncountable] inducement (to/for somebody) (to do something) something that is given to somebody to persuade them to do something synonym incentive financial inducements to mothers to stay at home There is little inducement for them to work harder. Government officials have been accused of accepting inducements (= bribes) from local businessmen. Word Origin late 16th cent.: from induce + -ment.Extra examples The reduced tax is a major inducement for first-time buyers. an inducement to crime and violence inducements to employees The athletes will receive no cash inducement to take part. The broker had been offered unlawful inducements to move to another firm.