Definition of instigation in English:



mass noun
  • The action or process of instigating an action or event.

    ‘the Domesday Survey was compiled at the instigation of William I’
    • ‘But he insists that it was at the woman's instigation, and said he was ‘stunned, disgusted and embarrassed’ by what she did.’
    • ‘This is the utmost instigation that should be condemned and, frankly, should be ended, so that the two sides can indeed reach a solution.’
    • ‘The organisers are to be commended on the growth of the market since its instigation and also in achieving a very successful business market in the area.’
    • ‘Several years ago now, largely at my instigation, the turkey got fired from our family Christmas dinner.’
    • ‘The ‘diverse’ curriculum increasingly common in our schools offers, at its best, much more than colorful reminders of ‘difference’ or instigations to ‘tolerance.’’
    • ‘It criminalises open instigation of terrorism and terror threats, and sets out a definition of the term ‘organised crime’.’
    • ‘It was at my instigation; she wanted to get married and I didn't, a familiar enough tale of couples in their late twenties.’
    • ‘The Mental Health Review Board must conduct a review between four and six months after instigation of the order.’
    • ‘It does not seem to me to matter at this stage at whose instigation for the moment, but it was the act of the engineer?’
    • ‘A terracotta army of over 7000 life-sized soldiers made at his instigation and buried in three large pits near the tomb was discovered in 1974.’
    • ‘At Franco's instigation, he went to Spain in 1948 to finish his studies and receive military training.’
    • ‘There can be no reason why there should not be immediate instigation of closure procedures.’
    • ‘A crucial breakthrough came at Miquel's instigation of the introduction of a management accounting system.’
    • ‘My investigations never indicated any evidence of extreme right-wing instigation or co-ordination of events that night.’
    • ‘More research is needed to determine whether these risks can be reduced by more rapid instigation of preventive treatment.’
    • ‘And since that person must have already killed someone to have got to that stage, this would be enough instigation for the substitute killer to do their job.’
    • ‘I find that the respondent himself actually either did this writing or wrote these letters or it was at the respondent's instigation.’
    • ‘This detracts from official complicity or downright instigation of mob-violence.’
    • ‘Finally, I have never seen evidence of extremist instigation in schools we sponsor.’
    • ‘In 1666, at Colbert's instigation, the Académie Royale des Sciences was founded.’
    prompting, suggestion
    initiation, incitement, provocation, stirring up, whipping up, kindling, fuelling, fomentation, encouragement, inducement
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘incitement’): from Old French, or from Latin instigatio(n-), from the verb instigare (see instigate).