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.
Recent Examples of provocation from the Web
Russian President Vladimir Putin says a chemical attack in Syria was a provocation against Syrian President Bashar Assad.
David Helvey, Mattis' senior adviser on Asia policy, told reporters on the way to Singapore that the dual carrier exercise is not intended as a provocation.
David Helvey, Mattis’ senior adviser on Asia policy, told reporters on the way to Singapore that the dual carrier exercise is not intended as a provocation.
So much time and energy are given now to provocation and being provoked that there hardly seems time for anything else in our public life.
World leaders are grappling with how to halt provocations by the isolated nation, with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in seeking engagement while U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe take a harder line.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe talked to Moon by phone on Tuesday, Japan's Foreign Ministry said in a statement, and both agreed that North Korea's continued provocations were unacceptable.
Last year, lawyers for Los Angeles County appealed and argued that the 9th Circuit was the only appeals court to use the provocation rule as a separate basis for upholding excessive force claims against the police.
Hope said, noting Trump’s provocations of other world leaders and his frequent attacks on Mexico.
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Origin and Etymology of provocation
Middle English provocacioun, from Anglo-French provocacion, from Latin provocation-, provocatio, from provocare
First Known Use: 14th century
PROVOCATION Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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