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Definition of provocation noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[uncountable, countable]
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the act of doing or saying something deliberately in order to make someone angry or upset; something that is done or said to cause this He reacted violently only under provocation. The terrorists can strike at any time without provocation. She bursts into tears at the slightest provocation. So far the police have refused to respond to their provocations.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: provocation