without provocation

without provocation

Without cause. For no apparent reason. Pam shrieked in surprise when the cat leapt onto her without provocation. I knew I wasn't speeding, so as far as I could tell—the officer pulled me over without provocation.
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Yes," replied Grandfather; "it was so called, because the British, without provocation, had fired upon a party of minute-men, near Lexington meeting-house, and killed eight of them.
Her continual disagreements with her mother, her rash squabbles with Tom and Charles, and petulance with Betsey, were at least so distressing to Fanny that, though admitting they were by no means without provocation, she feared the disposition that could push them to such length must be far from amiable, and from affording any repose to herself.
It began by the youngest girl suddenly, and without provocation, addressing her eldest sister.
I then gathered in the rope you were sending me, and making a coil or pile of it I seated myself upon it, ruminating and considering what I was to do to lower myself to the bottom, having no one to hold me up; and as I was thus deep in thought and perplexity, suddenly and without provocation a profound sleep fell upon me, and when I least expected it, I know not how, I awoke and found myself in the midst of the most beautiful, delightful meadow that nature could produce or the most lively human imagination conceive.
The differences, nevertheless, were at first but trivial, and such as are not worth relating, but at last it broke out into open war: and it began with all the rudeness and insolence that can be imagined--without reason, without provocation, contrary to nature, and indeed to common sense; and though, it is true, the first relation of it came from the Spaniards themselves, whom I may call the accusers, yet when I came to examine the fellows they could not deny a word of it.
Without provocation, he began stabbing her with a kitchen knife, before raping her, Aquino said.
PC Walker described in a statement how he had been kicked and winded without provocation.
Manish Mehta, an Indian army spokesman, said Pakistani troops fired without provocation using small arms and mortar shells in the Poonch sector of the Line of Control separating the Indian- and Pakistani-controlled parts of Kashmir.
Without provocation, McCann allegedly started hitting Mr Ismail, causing him to fall into the floor and lose consciousness.
Drills involving South Korean and American military forces have apparently provoked the North, gunners of which fired volleys of artillery shells across the border without provocation.
Such campaigns encourage soldiers to kill Palestinians without provocation," he said.
Without provocation, the offender then punched the man in the face, knocking him unconscious.
Prosecutor Joseph Allman said: "It was without provocation and knocked her teeth back in her mouth so she could feel they were dislodged.
In his lawsuit, Richard King alleged he was attacked without provocation by LaBelle's bodyguard and two others while waiting outside Bush Intercontinental Airport in 2011.
But the Fifa disciplinary commission which banned 27-year-old Suarez from all football for four months said in a report seen by AFP that he had acted "intentionally and without provocation.