provocative

adjective
pro·​voc·​a·​tive | \ prə-ˈvä-kə-tiv How to pronounce provocative (audio) \

Definition of provocative

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

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Other Words from provocative

provocative noun
provocatively adverb
provocativeness noun

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The Righteous Gemstones, HBO’s provocative comedy about a televangelist family in the South, also complicates the American dream in its latest installment. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "The Tragicomedy of the American Dream," 16 Sep. 2019 In May, he was elected to the European Parliament for the Brexit Party, the anti-EU party led by Nigel Farage, the provocative British politician who has been criticized for employing anti-Semitic tropes. Cnaan Liphshiz, sun-sentinel.com, "A Brexit Party politician owns London’s oldest smoked salmon factory," 11 Sep. 2019 That is the topic of a provocative TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson, former college professor; advocate for relevant, creative education; and popular speaker. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland.com, "Every day offers new possibilities: Sun Messages," 9 Sep. 2019 The Raiders released Brown on Saturday morning after a tumultuous week in which Brown did make several provocative social media posts. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Report: Antonio Brown sought help securing release from Raiders," 8 Sep. 2019 The program explores black lives in the current world by combining Blanchard’s mix of jazz and R&B with African-American dance styles and provocative visual projections and installations created by Scott. Dan Emerson, Twin Cities, "Fall Arts Guide: Jazz on the menu in a mix of venues and styles," 7 Sep. 2019 Stating your own wishes with an open attitude is not provocative behavior. Amy Dickinson, The Mercury News, "Ask Amy: Can I fix this before my son realizes what he missed out on?," 25 Aug. 2019 Stating your own wishes with an open attitude is not provocative behavior. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Young mom wants to repair fractured family," 25 Aug. 2019 Stating your own wishes with an open attitude is not provocative behavior. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Young mom wants to repair fractured family," 25 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of provocative

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of provocative was in the 15th century

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More Definitions for provocative

provocative

adjective
How to pronounce provocative (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of provocative

: causing discussion, thought, argument, etc.
: causing sexual feelings or excitement

provocative

adjective
pro·​voc·​a·​tive | \ prə-ˈvä-kə-tiv How to pronounce provocative (audio) \

Kids Definition of provocative

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

Other Words from provocative

provocatively adverb

provocative

adjective
pro·​voc·​a·​tive | \ prə-ˈväk-ət-iv How to pronounce provocative (audio) \

Medical Definition of provocative

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

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