: serving or tending to provoke, excite, or stimulate <a provocative question>
— provocative noun
— pro·voc·a·tive·ly adverb
— pro·voc·a·tive·ness noun
Examples of PROVOCATIVE
- a thoughtful and provocative book
- It was one of his more provocative suggestions.
- She was wearing a very provocative outfit.
First Known Use of PROVOCATIVE
pro·voc·a·tive adjective \prə-ˈväk-ət-iv\ (Medical Dictionary)
: serving or tending to provoke, excite, or stimulate <provocative test for coronary spasm—Journal of the American Medical Association>
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