provocative

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adjective pro·voc·a·tive \ prə-ˈvä-kə-tiv \

Definition of provocative

:serving or tending to provoke, excite, or stimulate
  • a provocative question

provocative

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provocatively

adverb

provocativeness

noun

Examples of provocative in a Sentence

  1. a thoughtful and provocative book

  2. It was one of his more provocative suggestions.

  3. She was wearing a very provocative outfit.

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First Known Use of provocative

15th century


PROVOCATIVE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of provocative for English Language Learners

  • : causing discussion, thought, argument, etc.

  • : causing sexual feelings or excitement


PROVOCATIVE Defined for Kids

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adjective pro·voc·a·tive \ prə-ˈvä-kə-tiv \

Definition of provocative for Students

:serving or likely to cause a reaction (as interest, curiosity, or anger)
  • a provocative statement

provocatively

adverb

Medical Dictionary

provocative

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adjective pro·voc·a·tive \ prə-ˈväk-ət-iv \

medical Definition of provocative

:serving or tending to provoke, excite, or stimulate
  • provocative test for coronary spasm
  • Journal of the American Medical Association


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