prov·o·ca·tion /ˌprä-və-'kā-shən/ n
1: the act of provoking
2: something that provokes, arouses, or stimulates

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun abuse, actuation, affront, aggression, agitation, angering, annoyance, causation, cause, defiance, exasperation, excitation, excitement, fomentation, goad, grievance, impulsion, incentive, incitement, inducement, inflammation, inspiration, instigation, insult, invitation, irritation, motivation, motive, offense, pressure, prick, prodding, prompting, provocative, spur, stimulant, stimulation, stimulus, taunt, temptation, urge, vexation associated concepts: defense of provocation, extreme provocation, just provocation, legal provocation II index aggravation (annoyance), catalyst, incentive, inducement, influence, instigation, motive, reason (basis), stimulus

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

in the criminal law of Scotland, a doctrine that will mitigate the offence, reducing murder to culpable homicide or attempted murder to assault. In the civil law in Scotland, provocation can reduce the damages payable for an assault in delict: Ross v . Bryce 1972 SLT (Sh. Ct) 76, but not in England for tort: Lane v . Holloway [1968] 1 QB 379.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

The act of inciting another person to do a particular thing. In a fault divorce, provocation may constitute a defense to the divorce, preventing it from going through. For example, if a wife suing for divorce claims that her husband abandoned her, the husband might defend the suit on the grounds that she provoked the abandonment by driving him out of the house. In criminal law, provocation can be a defense that justifies an acquittal, mitigated sentence, or reduction of conviction to a lesser charge (for instance, from murder to manslaughter).
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

Conduct by which one induces another to do a particular deed; the act of inducing rage, anger, or resentment in another person that may cause that person to engage in an illegal act.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

Conduct by which one induces another to do a particular deed; the act of inducing rage, anger, or resentment in another person that may cause that person to engage in an illegal act.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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