Definition of provocative in English:
1Causing annoyance, 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.
1.1Arousing sexual desire or interest, especially deliberately.
- 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.
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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.
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