- The action or process of instigating an action or event: the Domesday Survey was compiled at the instigation of William IMore example sentences
prompting, suggestion; request, entreaty, solicitation; wish, desire; urging, importuning, pressure, persuasion; demand, insistence• formal instanceincitement, provocation, stirring up, whipping up, kindling, fuelling, fomentation, encouragement, inducement; actuation, devising, inception
- My investigations never indicated any evidence of extreme right-wing instigation or co-ordination of events that night.
- But he insists that it was at the woman's instigation, and said he was ‘stunned, disgusted and embarrassed’ by what she did.
- It criminalises open instigation of terrorism and terror threats, and sets out a definition of the term ‘organised crime’.
late Middle English (in the sense 'incitement'): from Old French, or from Latin instigatio(n-), from the verb instigare (see instigate).