provocative

[ pruh-vok-uh-tiv ]
/ prəˈvɒk ə tɪv /

adjective

tending or serving to provoke; inciting, stimulating, irritating, or vexing.

noun

something provocative.

Origin of provocative

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English word from Late Latin word prōvocātīvus. See provocation, -ive

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provocative

/ (prəˈvɒkətɪv) /

adjective

acting as a stimulus or incitement, esp to anger or sexual desire; provokinga provocative look; a provocative remark

Derived Forms

provocatively, adverbprovocativeness, noun
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