(?), n. [F. provocation, L. provocatio. See Provoke.] 1. The act of provoking, or causing vexation or, anger. Fabyan.
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2. That which provokes, or excites anger; the cause of resentment; as, to give provocation. Paley.
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3. Incitement; stimulus; as, provocation to mirth.
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4. (Law) 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.
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5. An appeal to a court. [A Latinism] [Obs.] Ayliffe.
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