Definition of unprovoked in English:



  • Carried out, occurring, or acting without direct provocation.

    ‘an unprovoked attack on an innocent man’
    • ‘The incident appears to be completely unprovoked.’
    • ‘We insist that those responsible for conspiring to wage unprovoked wars and carry out illegal coups must be tried for war crimes.’
    • ‘He is also about 12 years of age and, as far as we know, it was a completely unprovoked assault.’
    • ‘In a seemingly unprovoked incident, the attackers hit both men and women in the 16-strong party, with a 72-year-old woman left unconscious.’
    • ‘The boys' parents are alleged to have carried out the unprovoked assault.’
    • ‘We don't know whether it was unprovoked or whether there had been an incident earlier in the evening.’
    • ‘He suffered an unprovoked head butt during a night out in November.’
    • ‘Once again we have seen a totally unprovoked and malicious attack carried out on impulse.’
    • ‘We were so shocked at being on the receiving end of such an unprovoked outburst, we had to check with each other that this guy had actually said what we thought he'd said.’
    • ‘Lorraine's comment was unprovoked, a direct verbal assault done for the sole purpose of her own malicious pleasure.’
    • ‘This was an unprovoked, violent assault and whoever carried it out could quite easily do it again.’
    • ‘Completely out of the blue this dog made an unprovoked lunge at Atlas and Montgomery, who I did have on a lead.’
    • ‘A detective described the violence in Thornhill, Dewsbury, by a gang of white men and women as ‘nasty’ and unprovoked.’
    • ‘This isn't some aggrieved person tipped over the edge with a motive to perpetrate evil - this is a seemingly random and unprovoked sequence of events.’
    • ‘It is difficult to imagine the terror he must have felt as that wholly unprovoked attack was carried out on him.’
    • ‘It is an horrific and extremely cowardly attack, which was totally unprovoked.’
    • ‘He said the girls' parents were appalled to think that ordinary law abiding members of the public could be subjected to such unprovoked violence, especially when with a group.’
    • ‘McQuillian, of Colchester CID, said it was important to catch the men as quickly as possible, adding that the stabbing seemed to have been unprovoked.’
    • ‘How dare they sell us a war that was unprovoked and unnecessary?’
    • ‘We have been led to believe that this was an unprovoked outburst of baseless hatred on the part of the German people.’
    unjustified, without reason, uncalled for, unwarranted, unprovoked, undue
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