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provocative

[pruh-vok-uh-tiv]
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adjective
  1. tending or serving to provoke; inciting, stimulating, irritating, or vexing.
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noun
  1. something provocative.
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Origin of provocative

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English word from Late Latin word prōvocātīvus. See provocation, -ive
Related formspro·voc·a·tive·ly, adverbpro·voc·a·tive·ness, nounhalf-pro·voc·a·tive, adjectivenon·pro·voc·a·tive, adjectivenon·pro·voc·a·tive·ly, adverbnon·pro·voc·a·tive·ness, nounqua·si-pro·voc·a·tive, adjectivequa·si-pro·voc·a·tive·ly, adverbun·pro·voc·a·tive, adjectiveun·pro·voc·a·tive·ly, adverbun·pro·voc·a·tive·ness, noun
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  • A few minutes later, at an unprovocative height, he swept around and headed for home.

    Hoof and Claw

    Charles G. D. Roberts


British Dictionary definitions for unprovocative

provocative

adjective
  1. acting as a stimulus or incitement, esp to anger or sexual desire; provokinga provocative look; a provocative remark
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Derived Formsprovocatively, adverbprovocativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unprovocative

provocative

adj.

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.).

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