Provocation Prov`o*ca"tion, n. [F. provocation, L. provocatio. See {Provoke}.] 1. The act of provoking, or causing vexation or, anger. --Fabyan. [1913 Webster]

2. That which provokes, or excites anger; the cause of resentment; as, to give provocation. --Paley. [1913 Webster]

3. Incitement; stimulus; as, provocation to mirth. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

5. An appeal to a court.

Note: [A Latinism] [Obs.] --Ayliffe. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.