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
This kind of hopeful message is almost provocative in this day and age.
Bayern's social accounts never shy away from posting something provocative and tongue-in-cheek as Arsenal fans found out earlier this year following their 10-2 aggregate defeat to the Bavarian outfit.
What North Korea proposes is as provocative as someone firing a gun loaded with blanks in your direction.
Among its more provocative statements, Pyongyang threatened Tuesday to direct its ballistic missiles toward Guam.
Kendrick Lamar's videos for DAMN. have been some of the most arresting short films to be viewed in a YouTube window, every bit as provocative and confrontational as each track has been.
As a way to advertise the prostitution, prosecutors said Moorman would take and post provocative photos of the victims on the internet.
Thursday’s report in the British journal Lancet is provocative — its authors acknowledge their estimate is theoretical, based on statistical modeling.
The complete anti-haze manifesto, posted at blog.averybrewing.com, makes provocative, if beer-geeky, reading.
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First Known Use of provocative
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
PROVOCATIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of provocative for English Language Learners
: causing discussion, thought, argument, etc.
: causing sexual feelings or excitement
PROVOCATIVE Defined for Kids
Definition of provocative for Students
- a provocative statement
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