PROVOCATION. The act of inciting another to do something.
2. Provocation simply, unaccompanied by a crime or misdemeanor, does
not justify the person provoked to commit an assault and battery. In cases
of homicide, it may reduce the offence from murder to manslaughter. But when
the provocation is given for the purpose of justifying or excusing an
intended murder, and the party provoked is killed, it is no justification. 2
Gilb. Ev. by Lofft, 753.
3. The unjust provocation by a wife of her husband, in consequence of
which she suffers from his ill usage, will not entitle her to a divorce on
the ground of cruelty; her remedy, in such cases, is by changing her
manners. 2 Lee,, R. 172; 1 Hagg. Cons. Rep. 155. Vide Cruelty; To Persuade;
1 Russ. on Cr. B. 3, c. 1, s. 1, page 434, and B. 3, c. 3, s. 1, pa e 486; 1
East, P. C. 232 to 241.