verb (used with object), pro·voked, pro·vok·ing.
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He does not want to join my reader in describing U.S. actions in Afghanistan and Pakistan as "unprovoked."Partisanship too Far? Republicans Shouldn't Stand With Rand|David Frum|March 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But Palestinians said a video of the entire incident showed that the violence by soldiers was unprovoked.Mira Ten-Hagen’s Viral Video: Israel and Foreign Activists Clash|Dan Ephron|April 17, 2012|DAILY BEAST
This is, of course, an unconscionable, unprovoked insult to hardworking gangsters everywhere.
It is needless to remark that the sailors witnessed this unprovoked assault with unutterable amazement.The Red Eric|R.M. Ballantyne
At the inn the waiter, also unprovoked, enlarged on the same alluring theme.A Wanderer in Venice|E.V. Lucas
Drusus had never wronged him; the crime would be unprovoked; avarice would be its only justification.A Friend of Caesar|William Stearns Davis
Has not every outbreak of unprovoked disaffection rather tended to exhibit the forbearance of the King my son and my own?The Life of Marie de Medicis, Vol. 2 (of 3)|Julia Pardoe
But the war was felt to be unjust and unprovoked, and much irritation was aroused.True Stories of Girl Heroines|Evelyn Everett-Green