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|Tom Sykes|October 16, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Gibson did the same in the previously released tape, in which he condemned Grigorieva for dressing too provocatively.
So, this was the man for whom she had dressed herself three times, cunningly and provocatively?Jane Journeys On|Ruth Comfort Mitchell
She smiled up at him provocatively and his sombre face lightened.The Lamp of Fate|Margaret Pedler
Her clear young face was provocatively close, the faint perfume of her dark hair in his nostrils.The World with a Thousand Moons|Edmond Hamilton
It is impossible to leave this point without quoting Nietzsche, who had this insight and stated it most provocatively.A Preface to Politics|Walter Lippmann
The removal of the hat was the last straw, for Edward's hair is provocatively red.
British Dictionary definitions for provocatively
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.).