- 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 provocationMore 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.
- 1.1 Law Action or speech held to be likely to prompt physical retaliation: the assault had taken place under provocationMore example sentences
- 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 secretinMore 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.
late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin provocatio(n-), from the verb provocare (see provoke).