Definition of provocative
: serving or tending to provoke, excite, or stimulate a provocative question
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
Like Potter, Virelles combined brainy, sometimes provocative gestures with a robust, rambunctious performance manner.
Montpelier has a series called The Mere Distinction of Colour, a provocative new exhibition examining the institution of slavery and its legacy.
Though Trump presented a uniquely polarizing and provocative foil, the Census figures showed that turnout in 2016 sagged among Hispanics and skidded among African Americans.
Walker executive director Olga Viso issued a statement Saturday apologizing for not anticipating how provocative the work would be.
One of TV's most provocative sitcoms returns for Season 3.
His provocative dancing and hit records turned him into one of the 20th century’s most recognizable icons.
Comedy at its best is provocative and edgy in a real way, in a thoughtful way.
There's nothing to stop you from doing something provocative and significant in that medium.
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First Known Use of provocative
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
: serving or likely to cause a reaction (as interest, curiosity, or anger) a provocative statement
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