[ pruh-vok-uh-tiv ]
/ prəˈvɒk ə tɪv /


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


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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British Dictionary definitions for provocative

/ (prəˈvɒkətɪv) /


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

Derived forms of provocative

provocatively, adverbprovocativeness, noun
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