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provocative Line breaks: pro¦voca|tive
Pronunciation: /prəˈvɒkətɪv/

Definition of provocative in English:


1Causing anger or another strong reaction, especially deliberately: a provocative article his provocative remarks on race
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  • I feel fairly sure that your article was deliberately provocative.
  • The FBU believe that the government is being deliberately provocative, and it is difficult not to share the view.
  • To be deliberately provocative, I asked him to call this period the Toronto new wave.
1.1Intended or intending to arouse sexual desire or interest: a provocative sidelong glance
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  • The fashion industry dresses them in sexually provocative clothing.
  • Underneath his carping about provocative dress is a jealous and irrational partner.
  • When I opened them a tall, brunette woman in a provocative green dress stood before me.
sexy, sexually arousing, sexually exciting, alluring, seductive, tempting, suggestive, inviting, tantalizing, titillating;
indecent, pornographic, indelicate, immodest, shameless;
erotic, sensuous, slinky, passionate, sexual, piquant, racy, juicy, risqué, raunchy, steamy, coquettish, amorous, flirtatious, come-hither
informal kinky, tarty
vulgar slang fuck-me


Late Middle English: from Old French provocatif, -ive, from late Latin provocativus, from provocat- 'called forth, challenged', from the verb provocare (see provoke).



Pronunciation: /prəˈvɒkətɪvli/
Example sentences
  • Two college girls were dancing together to Elvis, provocatively.
  • Professor Greer finds herself in the news for a forthcoming book that will provocatively challenge preconceptions about female sexuality and the taboo.
  • But the way to deal with it is not by people taking the law into their own hands and shamefully and provocatively insulting an entire minority.


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  • Although Foster does have a slight grumble at the ‘curiously late’ analysis of Ireland's entry into the EU, he welcomes the provocativeness of Ferriter's analysis of the transformation throughout the century in question
  • When a modern artist or filmaker makes a work criticising Christianity or capitalism the BBC usually goes out of its way to explain the rationale for its provocativeness.
  • In this regard, there is a recurrent provocativeness in Weick's analyses, coupled with an impish spirit that often dances beneath his elegant prose.

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