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provocation

[prov-uh-key-shuh n]
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noun
  1. the act of provoking.
  2. something that incites, instigates, angers, or irritates.
  3. Criminal Law. words or conduct leading to killing in hot passion and without deliberation.

Origin of provocation

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin prōvocātiōn- (stem of prōvocātiō) a calling forth, equivalent to prōvocāt(us) (past participle of prōvocāre to provoke; see -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsprov·o·ca·tion·al, adjectivenon·prov·o·ca·tion, nouno·ver·prov·o·ca·tion, nounpre·prov·o·ca·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for provocational

provocation

noun
  1. the act of provoking or inciting
  2. something that causes indignation, anger, etc
  3. English criminal law words or conduct that incite a person to attack another
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Word Origin and History for provocational

provocation

n.

c.1400, from Old French provocacion (12c.) and directly from Latin provocationem (nominative provocatio) "a calling forth, a summoning, a challenge," noun of action from past participle stem of provocare "to call out" (see provoke).

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