unprovoked

Part of speech: adjective

Having received no provocation; not due to provocation.

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Usage examples "unprovoked":

  1. The bear- who would otherwise have left the alligator to himself- became so infuriated at this unprovoked assault, that he turned and sprang upon his new enemy, seizing him round the body in a firm hug. - "The Boy Hunters", Captain Mayne Reid.
  2. The jealousy which at that time existed between the clerical and the secular powers, brought a number of neighbouring knights to his side as allies, and the count began his unprovoked quarrel by taking a castle at Treves on the Moselle by storm. - "Legends of the Rhine", Wilhelm Ruland.
  3. It was an entirely unprovoked attack. - "Love of Brothers", Katharine Tynan.