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.
Victor Omafu with a cutlass without provocation and inflicted injuries on him.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Samar Vishal had convicted Dutt, a legislator from Sadar Bazar constituency, on June 29 under Section 325 (punishment for voluntarily causing grievous hurt) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), for hurting a person without provocation.
Authorities said Bertha "without provocation" walked toward a court security officer and screamed at him.
Mr Letford said Strachan then walked down Union Street and "without provocation" punched a third man in the face repeatedly.
Kitui people harbour no grudge against Somalis but have a problem with armed camel herders who attack residents without provocation, Senator Enoch Wambua has said.
She can be rude, blunt, and prickly without provocation. Conversing with her is quite hit or miss, but she's got a great sense of humor to make up for it," he wrote.
Seconds later, the stranger pulled out a gun and shot Osabel several times without provocation.
Carranza said the police officers claimed Gayeta and Manalo shot them without provocation.
Assuming now that there was no provocation, the relevant factual basis is that Cohne committed an assault and battery outside the Club door 'suddenly,' 'without any warning,' and 'without provocation' against Yianacopolus, and Cohne 'negligently used excessive force' by 'striking [Yianacopolus] in the face.' .
While escorting a diplomatic convoy, Blackwater guards opened fire in the bustling square with sniper rifles, machine guns, and grenade launchers allegedly without provocation leaving at least 14 civilians dead and at least 18 wounded.