Adequate Provocation Law and Legal Definition

Adequate provocation is defined as conduct or circumstances sufficient to deprive a reasonable person of self-control. A person commits manslaughter by committing second degree murder upon sudden quarrel or heat of passion resulting from adequate provocation by the victim. Deberry v. Schriro, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 99081 (D. Ariz. Oct. 22, 2009)