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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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  • Today, the term machine is evocative of software rather than hardware.

  • It was a sound, he realized in a flash, evocative and summoning.

    The Bright Messenger Algernon Blackwood
  • The evocative power of perfume with regard to memory is compelling.

    The Wolves of God Algernon Blackwood
  • I was grateful for the fluke by which I had witnessed on the terrace that evocative scene.

    And Even Now Max Beerbohm
  • The familiar country, evocative of a great part of my childhood, carried my thoughts hither and thither.

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).

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