provocative [pr uh- vok- uh-tiv] Examples Word Origin See more synonyms for provocative on Thesaurus.com tending or serving to provoke; inciting, stimulating, irritating, or vexing. Origin of provocative
First recorded in
1375–1425; late Middle English
-ive Related forms pro·voc·a·tive·ly, adverb pro·voc·a·tive·ness, noun half-pro·voc·a·tive, adjective non·pro·voc·a·tive, adjective non·pro·voc·a·tive·ly, adverb non·pro·voc·a·tive·ness, noun qua·si-pro·voc·a·tive, adjective qua·si-pro·voc·a·tive·ly, adverb un·pro·voc·a·tive, adjective un·pro·voc·a·tive·ly, adverb un·pro·voc·a·tive·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for unprovocative Historical Examples A few minutes later, at an unprovocative height, he swept around and headed for home. British Dictionary definitions for unprovocative acting as a stimulus or incitement, esp to anger or sexual desire; provoking a provocative look; a provocative remark Derived Forms provocatively, adverb provocativeness, 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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