What does provocation mean?

Definitions for provocationˌprɒv əˈkeɪ ʃən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word provocation.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. aggravation, irritation, provocation(noun)

    unfriendly behavior that causes anger or resentment

  2. incitement, incitation, provocation(noun)

    something that incites or provokes; a means of arousing or stirring to action

  3. provocation, incitement(noun)

    needed encouragement

    "the result was a provocation of vigorous investigation"


  1. provocation(Noun)

    The act of provoking, inciting or annoying someone into doing something

  2. provocation(Noun)

    Something that provokes; a provocative act

  3. provocation(Noun)

    The second step in OPQRST regarding the investigation of what makes the symptoms MOI or NOI improve or deteriorate.

    When its time to check for provocation ask the patient about what makes their chief complaint better or worse.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Provocation(noun)

    the act of provoking, or causing vexation or, anger

  2. Provocation(noun)

    that which provokes, or excites anger; the cause of resentment; as, to give provocation

  3. Provocation(noun)

    incitement; stimulus; as, provocation to mirth

  4. Provocation(noun)

    such prior insult or injury as may be supposed, under the circumstances, to create hot blood, and to excuse an assault made in retort or redress

  5. Provocation(noun)

    an appeal to a court. [A Latinism]

  6. Origin: [F. provocation, L. provocatio. See Provoke.]


  1. Provocation

    In criminal law, provocation is a possible defense by excuse or exculpation alleging a sudden or temporary loss of control as a response to another's provocative conduct sufficient to justify an acquittal, a mitigated sentence or a conviction for a lesser charge. Provocation can be a relevant factor in a court's assessment of a defendant's mens rea, intention, or state of mind, at the time of an act of which the defendant is accused. In some common law jurisdictions such as the UK, Canada, and several Australian states, the defense of provocation is only available against a charge of murder and only acts to reduce the conviction to manslaughter. This is known as "voluntary manslaughter", which is considered more serious than "involuntary manslaughter", and comprises both manslaughter by "unlawful act" and manslaughter by criminal negligence. In the United States, the Model Penal Code substitutes the broader standard of extreme emotional or mental distress for the comparatively narrower standard of provocation. Criminal law in the United States, however, falls mostly within the jurisdiction of the individual states, and not all states have adopted the Model Penal Code. Under the United States Sentencing Guidelines for federal courts, "If the victim's wrongful conduct contributed significantly to provoking the offense behavior, the court may reduce the sentence below the guideline range to reflect the nature and circumstances of the offense."


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of provocation in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of provocation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Sergey Lavrov:

    It looks very much like a planned provocation.

  2. Dilxat Raxit:

    This is an open provocation to the Islamic faith.

  3. Sartaj Aziz:

    There has been no aggression or provocation by Pakistan.

  4. Foreign Minister Hector Timerman:

    It's not only a provocation for Argentina but is also an insult to the United Nations.

  5. Josephine Mayanja-Nkangi:

    They fired teargas to disperse our rally and without any provocation or any cause at all.

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