Definition of Provocative

1. Adjective. Serving or tending to provoke, excite, or stimulate; stimulating discussion or exciting controversy. "Provocative Irish tunes which...compel the hearers to dance"




2. Adjective. Exciting sexual desire. "Her gestures and postures became more wanton and provocative"
Similar to: Sexy

Definition of Provocative

1. a. Serving or tending to provoke, excite, or stimulate; exciting.

2. n. Anything that is provocative; a stimulant; as, a provocative of appetite.

Definition of Provocative

1. Adjective. Serving or tending to provoke, excite, or stimulate; exciting. ¹

2. Noun. Anything that provokes; a stimulant; as, a provocative of appetite. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Provocative

1. [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Provocative

provisorily
provisors
provisorship
provisorships
provisory
provisos
provisour
provitamin
provitamin A
provitamins
provocate
provocateur
provocateurs
provocation
provocations
provocative (current term)
provocatively
provocativeness
provocatives
provocatory
provok't
provokable
provoke
provoked
provokement
provokements
provoker
provokers
provokes
provoketh

Literary usage of Provocative

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Collected Papers by the Staff of Saint Mary's Hospital, Mayo Clinic by Saint Marys Hospital (Rochester, Minn.) (1921)
"The use of hypersensitive antigens in a provocative procedure is to be deprecated, ... A negative provocative test does not establish the fact of cure, ..."

2. Therapeutic Gazette (1917)
"Positive provocative effects were obtained in 18.4 per cent of 103 cases. 6. The provocative test was of value in recognizing as insufficiently treated two ..."

3. English Literature: An Illustrated Record by Richard Garnett, Edmund Gosse (1905)
"... were among the most daring and brilliantly provocative of his writings. He was now (1855) a great power in the art-world, and he used his growing ..."

4. Report of the 1st-22d Annual Lake Mohonk Conference on International (1916)
"ARE LARGE ARMAMENTS provocative OF WAR? ADDRESS BY REAR ADMIRAL AUSTIN M. KNIGHT, USN I contend that armaments are distinctly not provocative of war, ..."

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