Definition of instigation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

instigation

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌɪnstɪˈɡeɪʃn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪnstɪˈɡeɪʃn//
 
[uncountable]
 
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the act of causing something to begin or happen An appeal fund was launched at the instigation of the President. It was done at his instigation. He was involved in the instigation of acts of terrorism Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘incitement’): from Old French, or from Latin instigatio(n-), from the verb instigare, from in- ‘towards’ + stigare ‘prick, incite’.
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