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provocation

Syllabification: prov·o·ca·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌprävəˈkāSH(ə)n
 
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Definition of provocation in English:

noun

1Action or speech that makes someone annoyed or angry, especially deliberately: you should remain calm and not respond to provocation he burst into tears at the slightest provocation
More example sentences
  • His provocations were always deliberately intended to challenge his readers as well as the establishment.
  • Whatever the reasons, whatever the provocations, this is where hatred gets us - innocent people murdered as they go about their ordinary business.
  • The insurgents take advantage of darkness to conduct provocations during armistices or when negotiations are underway.
Synonyms
goading, prodding, egging on, incitement, pressure;
annoyance, irritation, nettling;
harassment, plaguing, molestation;
teasing, taunting, torment;
affront, insults
informal hassle, aggravation
1.1 Law Action or speech held to be likely to prompt physical retaliation: the assault had taken place under provocation
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  • As the judge reminded the jury, in interview Bodrul denied that he was acting in self - defence and he said that he was not acting under provocation.
  • Moore and Girling denied murder, but pleaded guilty to manslaughter under provocation.
  • In some cases defendants run the two qualified defences of provocation and diminished responsibility in tandem.
2 Medicine Testing to elicit a particular response or reflex: twenty patients had a high increase of serum gastrin after provocation with secretin
More example sentences
  • This study has validated the inhalation provocation test for the diagnosis of chronic BFL.
  • Several investigators have carried out inhalation provocation tests using dropping extracts or bird sera.
  • Baseline sensitivity to grass pollen as measured by the conjunctival provocation test did not differ.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin provocatio(n-), from the verb provocare (see provoke).

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