Noun provocation has 3 senses
  1. aggravation, irritation, provocation - unfriendly behavior that causes anger or resentment
    --1 is a kind of aggression
    --1 has particulars: aggro; last straw; twit, taunt, taunting
    Derived form: verb provoke4
  2. incitement, incitation, provocation - something that incites or provokes; a means of arousing or stirring to action
    --2 is a kind of psychic energy, mental energy
    --2 has particulars: signal
    Derived forms: verb provoke1, verb provoke2, verb provoke3
  3. provocation, incitement - needed encouragement; "the result was a provocation of vigorous investigation"
    --3 is a kind of encouragement
    --3 has particulars: subornation
    Derived form: verb provoke3