un·​pro·​voked | \ ˌən-prə-ˈvōkt How to pronounce unprovoked (audio) \

Definition of unprovoked

: occurring without any identifiable cause or justification : not provoked an unprovoked assault/attack unprovoked anger

Examples of unprovoked in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among the justifications for his unprovoked attack on Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin cited the possibility of NATO expansion. Emily Rauhala, Anchorage Daily News, 1 May 2022 Among the justifications for his unprovoked attack on Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin cited the possibility of NATO expansion. Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2022 She was slapped and pushed in an unprovoked attack, and fell and hit her head, according to authorities. Rachel Uranga, Los Angeles Times, 29 Apr. 2022 But within a few days, Afghans in Iran reported at least one unprovoked attack by vigilantes. New York Times, 28 Apr. 2022 Oxfam says Gazans will be among the first to experience hunger related to shortages and price hikes due to Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine. Chloe Sorvino, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 James was arrested Wednesday afternoon in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan, ending an intense 24-hour-plus search after a gunman unleashed the unprovoked attack on rush-hour commuters in Brooklyn. NBC News, 15 Apr. 2022 Russia attacked and invaded Ukraine a month ago, in what the U.S. and other Western nations have condemned as an unprovoked and unjustifiable assault. NBC News, 26 Mar. 2022 But the danger now feels different: unprovoked and senseless. The New Yorker, 25 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unprovoked

1534, in the meaning defined above

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12 May 2022

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“Unprovoked.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unprovoked. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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