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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Provocation  \Prov`o*ca"tion\,  n.  [F.  provocation,  L.  provocatio. 
  See  {Provoke}.] 
  1.  The  act  of  provoking,  or  causing  vexation  or  anger. 
  2.  That  which  provokes,  or  excites  anger;  the  cause  of 
  resentment;  as  to  give  provocation.  --Paley. 
  3.  Incitement;  stimulus;  as  provocation  to  mirth. 
  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. 
  5.  An  appeal  to  a  court. 
  Note:  [A  Latinism]  [Obs.]  --Ayliffe. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  unfriendly  behavior  that  aggravates  or  irritates  someone 
  [syn:  {aggravation},  {irritation}] 
  2:  a  means  of  arousing  or  stirring  to  action  [syn:  {incitement}] 
  3:  needed  encouragement;  "the  result  was  a  provocation  of 
  vigorous  investigation"  [syn:  {incitement}] 

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