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1Action or speech that makes someone annoyed or angry, especially deliberately.‘you should remain calm and not respond to provocation’‘he burst into tears at the slightest provocation’
- ‘These provocations became the pretext for police attacks on peaceful demonstrators.’
- ‘The insurgents take advantage of darkness to conduct provocations during armistices or when negotiations are underway.’
- ‘In 2003, the military, even under government control, staged a series of provocations that undermined the peace talks.’
- ‘In his radical past, Livingstone may have made a warning about the police using provocations staged by anarchists to step up repressive acts.’
- ‘Every one of the major political parties is capable of mobilising gangs to create deliberate provocations in rival strongholds in order to disrupt voting.’
- ‘Even where not deeply convincing, its shortcomings were provocations to think deeply.’
- ‘State forces were mobilized against this growing movement through open police provocations, frame-ups and murders.’
- ‘As they wait for assistance to have the man taken into custody, they studiously ignored taunts and provocations and remained astonishingly polite throughout.’
- ‘At the time, he had imposed certain restrictions on himself and would not be induced to react, even once, to their provocations.’
- ‘It gives rise to verbal provocations such as yelling and cursing, excessive honking of the horn, rude or obscene gestures and threats.’
- ‘Well, I think that obviously he controls his security forces and they need to do more to try to make sure that the provocations don't take place.’
- ‘Burnley has become the third northern town to be hit by riots sparked by racist attacks and police provocations in the last month, following Oldham and Leeds.’
- ‘Whatever the reasons, whatever the provocations, this is where hatred gets us - innocent people murdered as they go about their ordinary business.’
- ‘Particularly in the eighteenth century lexicons were infinitely lively, full of satire, poetry and provocations.’
- ‘Now, under a variety of provocations, mutiny is brewing.’
- ‘Certain people were responsible for stopping conflicts, and there were ways to deal with provocations and ways to make peace.’
- ‘That gave the police the pretext to use provocations and attack both protesters and local youth.’
- ‘As in life, the provocations to feeling or to action do not occur in step with the conscious thoughts of the characters.’
- ‘His provocations were always deliberately intended to challenge his readers as well as the establishment.’
- ‘Since then despite many provocations and setbacks the cessation has endured.’
- 1.1Law Action or speech held to be likely to prompt physical retaliation.‘the assault had taken place under provocation’
- ‘D was convicted of murder having raised both the defences of provocation and diminished responsibility.’
- ‘Alternatively the defence say she may have acted under provocation of a type which reduces murder to manslaughter in law.’
- ‘In some cases defendants run the two qualified defences of provocation and diminished responsibility in tandem.’
- ‘Moore and Girling denied murder, but pleaded guilty to manslaughter under provocation.’
- ‘As the judge reminded the jury, in interview Bodrul denied that he was acting in self - defence and he said that he was not acting under provocation.’
Testing to elicit a particular response or reflex.‘twenty patients had a high increase of serum gastrin after provocation with secretin’
- ‘Several investigators have carried out inhalation provocation tests using dropping extracts or bird sera.’
- ‘This study has validated the inhalation provocation test for the diagnosis of chronic BFL.’
- ‘Efficacy was assessed with a nasal provocation test using the allergen at a concentration previously demonstrated to elicit symptoms in each patient.’
- ‘So far, we have encountered only two patients who have HCM and vasospastic angina with total occlusion during the acetylcholine provocation test.’
- ‘Baseline sensitivity to grass pollen as measured by the conjunctival provocation test did not differ.’
Late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin provocatio(n-), from the verb provocare (see provoke).
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