Reasonable Provocation Law and Legal Definition

“Reasonable provocation is that kind of provocation that would inflame a reasonable ordinary and law abiding man to the point where he would be capable of killing another person. The rule is that provocation must be such as would be likely to produce in an ordinary man -- and here we are referring to an ordinary man, not just to a particular defendant -- the provocation must be such as would likely produce in an ordinary man such a state of passion, anger, fear, fright or nervous excitement as would eclipse his capacity for reflection or restraint and actually did produce such a state of mind in the defendant.”[Anderson v. Butler, 1993 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12251 (D. Mass. Aug. 23, 1993)]