unprovoked

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

un- +‎ provoked

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˌʌnpɹəˈvoʊkt/
  • Hyphenation: un‧pro‧voked

Adjective[edit]

unprovoked (comparative more unprovoked, superlative most unprovoked)

  1. Happening without provocation or motivation.
    An unprovoked attack.
    • 2020 September 9, “Network News: Man jailed for Hillingdon murder”, in Rail, page 25:
      A 22-year-old man has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 25 years for fatally stabbing 22-year-old Tashan Daniel in an unprovoked attack at Hillingdon Underground station on September 24 2019.

Translations[edit]

Adverb[edit]

unprovoked (comparative more unprovoked, superlative most unprovoked)

  1. Without provocation or motivation.
    • 2011, Mil Millington ·, Love and Other Near Death Experiences:
      'He said, "I won't bugger you"? Really?' 'Yes, really.' 'God. That is a bit suspicious; coming out unprovoked.'
    • 2012, Lord Loveday Ememe, The Supernatural:
      The supernatural are so destructive that they have to create conditions to enable the continuous infliction of mental and physical injuries on others unprovoked.
    • 2015, Mark E. Cooper, Way of the Wolf: Shifter Legacies 1:
      So when one of our own flouts our laws to attack my house unprovoked—”
    He attacked me, suddenly, unprovoked.

Verb[edit]

unprovoked

  1. simple past tense and past participle of unprovoke

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