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provocation

[prov-uh-key-shuh n] /ˌprɒv əˈkeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of provoking.
2.
something that incites, instigates, angers, or irritates.
3.
Criminal Law. words or conduct leading to killing in hot passion and without deliberation.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin prōvocātiōn- (stem of prōvocātiō) a calling forth, equivalent to prōvocāt(us) (past participle of prōvocāre to provoke; see -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
provocational, adjective
nonprovocation, noun
overprovocation, noun
preprovocation, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for preprovocation

provocation

/ˌprɒvəˈkeɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act of provoking or inciting
2.
something that causes indignation, anger, etc
3.
(English criminal law) words or conduct that incite a person to attack another
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Word Origin and History for preprovocation
provocation
early 15c., from O.Fr. provocation (12c.), from L. provocationem (nom. provocatio) "a calling forth, challenge," from provocatus, pp. of provocare "provoke."
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