Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    The time after a provocation during which the provocation is deemed active. See 3 Gratt. (Va.) 594, 46 Am. Dec. 196.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Time to recover "cool blood" after severe excitement or provocation; time for the mind to become so calm and sedate as that it is supposed to contemplate, comprehend, and coolly act with reference to the consequences likely to ensue. Banes v. State, 10 Tex. App. 447; May v. People, 8 Colo. 210, 6 Pac. 816; Keiser v. Smith, 71 Ala. 481, 46 Am. Rep. 342; Jones v. State, 33 Tex. Cr. R. 492, 26 S. W. 1082, 47 Am. St Rep. 46