View synonyms for thought-provoking


[ thawt-pruh-voh-king ]


  1. causing one to ponder or reflect, as by raising questions or issues, introducing new ideas, etc.:

    The theater company has gained a reputation for high-quality performances that are both thought-provoking and entertaining.

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Other Words From

  • thought-pro·vok·ing·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of thought-provoking1

First recorded in 1790–1800

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Example Sentences

This is a thought-provoking list and good as far as it goes.

But she gave that all up to focus on her own art—her raunchy, thought-provoking rap lyrics.

Outside the walls, and seeping down nearby streets, are dozens of photogenic and thought-provoking visions.

A new retrospective at the Guggenheim looks back at her thought-provoking work.

Overall, The Bridge is a taut thriller mystery that is compelling and thought-provoking, much as Broen was.

The Sudanese had turned out to be an entertaining and thought-provoking companion.

Nature is mood-engendering, thought-provoking: such ought the sonata, such ought the fairytale to be.

It was such a wonderful thought-provoking statement that Shefford needed time to ponder how deep the Mormon was.

She began to see just how walled in from unusual thought-provoking incident and sensation had been her exclusive life.

Stimulate the imagination by use of vivid descriptions and thought-provoking questions.





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