- tending or serving to provoke; inciting, stimulating, irritating, or vexing.
- something provocative.
Origin of provocative
Examples from the Web for provocatively
She looked at him provocatively, as if relishing the chance to do something the rest of the royal family would never do.Working in The Royal Archives and Dreaming Up a Novel
October 16, 2012
Gibson did the same in the previously released tape, in which he condemned Grigorieva for dressing too provocatively.Mel Gibson: Classic Batterer?
July 12, 2010
The only change was in her eyes, which no longer smiled into his so provocatively.The Envoy, Her
Horace Brown Fyfe
She smiled up at him provocatively and his sombre face lightened.The Lamp of Fate
“I can see that grand supper-party not coming off,” said Joan provocatively.
She allowed herself to smile mysteriously, provocatively at him.Leonora
The words were wafted back to us provocatively upon the evening air.American Adventures
- acting as a stimulus or incitement, esp to anger or sexual desire; provokinga provocative look; a provocative remark
Word Origin and History for provocatively
mid-15c., "eliciting," from Middle French provocatif (15c.) and directly from Late Latin provocativus "calling forth," from provocat-, past participle stem of Latin provocare (see provoke). Specifically of sexual desire from 1620s. Related: Provocatively; provocativeness. The earliest appearance of the word in English is as a noun meaning "an aphrodisiac" (early 15c.).