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[ih-vok-uh-tiv, ih-voh-kuh-] /ɪˈvɒk ə tɪv, ɪˈvoʊ kə-/
tending to evoke:
The perfume was evocative of spring.
Origin of evocative
1650-60; < Latin ēvocātīvus, equivalent to ēvocāt(us) (see evoke, -ate1) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
evocatively, adverb
evocativeness, noun
nonevocative, adjective
unevocative, adjective Unabridged
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  • The evocative power of perfume with regard to memory is compelling.

    The Wolves of God Algernon Blackwood
  • Today, the term machine is evocative of software rather than hardware.

  • But even Ranny could not have foretold the full extent of his reaction to that sinuous and evocative Address.

    The Combined Maze May Sinclair
  • I was grateful for the fluke by which I had witnessed on the terrace that evocative scene.

    And Even Now Max Beerbohm
  • The determinants are the special evocative conditions, which may be either culture contacts or economic fostering.

    The Evolution of States J. M. Robertson
British Dictionary definitions for evocative


tending or serving to evoke
Derived Forms
evocatively, adverb
evocativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for evocative

1650s, from Late Latin evocativus "pertaining to summoning," from Latin evocatus, past participle of evocare (see evoke).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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