provocation

noun prov·o·ca·tion \ ˌprä-və-ˈkā-shən \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of provocation

1 : the act of provoking : incitement
2 : something that provokes, arouses, or stimulates

Examples of provocation in a Sentence

  1. He can turn violent at the least provocation.

  2. Her calmness in the face of repeated provocations impressed her friends.

  3. With hardly any provocation, the crowd began to chant.

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Origin and Etymology of provocation

Middle English provocacioun, from Anglo-French provocacion, from Latin provocation-, provocatio, from provocare


PROVOCATION Defined for English Language Learners

provocation

noun

Definition of provocation for English Language Learners

  • : an action or occurrence that causes someone to become angry or to begin to do something


PROVOCATION Defined for Kids

provocation

noun prov·o·ca·tion \ ˌprä-və-ˈkā-shən \

Definition of provocation for Students

: something that causes anger or action The dog will attack at the slightest provocation.

Medical Dictionary

provocation

noun prov·o·ca·tion \ ˌpräv-ə-ˈkā-shən \

medical Definition of provocation

: the act or process of provoking
  • a nonspecific irritant that brings about provocation of bronchial asthma

Law Dictionary

provocation

noun prov·o·ca·tion \ ˌprä-və-ˈkā-shən \

legal Definition of provocation

1 : the act of provoking
2 : something that provokes, arouses, or stimulates


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