Simple Definition of provocation
: an action or occurrence that causes someone to become angry or to begin to do something
Examples of provocation in a sentence
He can turn violent at the least provocation.
Her calmness in the face of repeated provocations impressed her friends.
With hardly any provocation, the crowd began to chant.
Origin and Etymology of provocation
Middle English provocacioun, from Anglo-French provocacion, from Latin provocation-, provocatio, from provocare
First Known Use: 14th century
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Definition of provocation for Students
: something that causes anger or action <The dog will attack at the slightest provocation.>
Legal Definition of provocation
1 : the act of provoking
2 : something that provokes, arouses, or stimulates
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