Definition of provocative in English:


Syllabification: pro·voc·a·tive
Pronunciation: /prəˈväkətiv




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  • 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.


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

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