Examples of provocative in a Sentence
a thoughtful and provocative book
It was one of his more provocative suggestions.
She was wearing a very provocative outfit.
Recent Examples of provocative from the Web
Whatever provocative thing a kid might put in the minivan stereo, his parents have already provoked his grandparents with.
The author saves some of his most provocative rhetoric for Facebook.
The underground test, a major nose-thumb at Washington, Beijing and all of the North’s neighbors, follows an intense few months that have seen Kim launching missiles at record clip and in ways that are much more provocative than usual.
By itself, the paper's clever and provocative argument likely would have earned it a broad readership.
Lieberman’s more provocative take examines Darwin’s breakthroughs and limitations through the lens of 21st-century science.
When the Jeep Cherokee made its debut back in 2014, hard-core fans of the brand were up in arms that the Cherokee name was affixed to a unibody crossover, a situation exacerbated by the model’s provocative styling.
But there are further steps—provocative, to be sure—that could be taken to back up financial sanctions.
His Twitter feed, @ModeledBehavior, is provocative and evidence-based.
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Synonymscharged, edgy, exciting, inciting, instigating, instigative, piquing, provoking, stimulating
Related Wordsexplosive, fiery, incendiary, inflammatory, triggering; inducing, inspirational, inspiring, motivating, motivational, motivative; jeering, taunting, teasing; activating, energizing, galvanizing, quickening, vitalizing; angering, enraging, maddening, upsetting; aggravating, annoying, bothersome, exasperating, galling, irksome, irritating, pesky, vexatious, vexing
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