from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of provoking or inciting.
  • n. Something that provokes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of provoking, inciting or annoying someone into doing something
  • n. Something that provokes; a provocative act
  • n. The second step in OPQRST regarding the investigation of what makes the symptoms MOI or NOI improve or deteriorate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of provoking, or causing vexation or, anger.
  • n. That which provokes, or excites anger; the cause of resentment.
  • n. Incitement; stimulus.
  • n. 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.
  • n. An appeal to a court. [A Latinism]

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of provoking or exciting anger or vexation.
  • n. Anything that excites anger; a cause of anger or resentment.
  • n. An appeal to a court or judge.
  • n. Incitement; stimulus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. needed encouragement
  • n. something that incites or provokes; a means of arousing or stirring to action
  • n. unfriendly behavior that causes anger or resentment


Middle English provocacioun, from Old French provocation, from Latin prōvocātiō, prōvocātiōn-, a challenging, from prōvocātus, past participle of prōvocāre, to challenge; see provoke.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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