- The action or process of instigating an action or event: he was deported in 1891 for his instigation and support of the protestMore example sentences
- 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).