provocation

noun
prov·​o·​ca·​tion | \ ˌprä-və-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce provocation (audio) \

Definition of provocation

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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Video shows the shirtless suspect walk over to the victim and, without any apparent provocation, punch her, knocking her to the ground. Fox News, 7 June 2021 As much as a knack for provocation or his scholarly bona fides, what Ferguson has been selling for 20 years as a major public intellectual is prescience. Ian Beacock, The New Republic, 7 June 2021 Baldwin had abandoned criticism for prophecy and prescription for provocation, Dupee said. Time, 30 Apr. 2021 But two witnesses who recorded parts of the fatal interaction came forward with identical stories, saying the police attacked without provocation. Gene Johnson, ajc, 28 May 2021 Witnesses reported seeing Burbank and Collins attack Ellis without provocation, according to a probable cause statement filed in Pierce County Superior Court. CBS News, 27 May 2021 Witnesses reported seeing Burbank and Collins attack Ellis without provocation, according to a probable cause statement filed in Pierce County Superior Court. Gene Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 27 May 2021 Months later, the court similarly returned to the lower courts for more consideration an immunity claim in the case of a corrections officer who pepper-sprayed an asthmatic inmate without provocation. John Fritze, USA TODAY, 24 May 2021 Cynics wonder if Netanyahu — who is trying to hang on to his office against a coalition of parties hoping to oust him and prevent new elections — allowed the provocation for his own political benefit. Zev Chafets, Star Tribune, 13 May 2021

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First Known Use of provocation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for provocation

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

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“Provocation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/provocation. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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provocation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of provocation

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

provocation

noun
prov·​o·​ca·​tion | \ ˌprä-və-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce provocation (audio) \

Kids Definition of provocation

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

provocation

noun
prov·​o·​ca·​tion | \ ˌpräv-ə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce provocation (audio) \

Medical Definition of provocation

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

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provocation

noun
prov·​o·​ca·​tion | \ ˌprä-və-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce provocation (audio) \

Legal Definition of provocation

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

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