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 Dictionary entry overview: What does provocative mean? 

PROVOCATIVE (adjective)
  The adjective PROVOCATIVE has 2 senses:

1. serving or tending to provoke, excite, or stimulate; stimulating discussion or exciting controversy
2. exciting sexual desire

  Familiarity information: PROVOCATIVE used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

PROVOCATIVE (adjective)

Sense 1provocative [BACK TO TOP]


Serving or tending to provoke, excite, or stimulate; stimulating discussion or exciting controversy

Context examples:

a provocative remark / a provocative smile / provocative Irish tunes which...compel the hearers to dance


agitating; agitative; provoking (causing or tending to cause anger or resentment)

challenging; intriguing (disturbingly provocative)

charged (capable of producing violent emotion or arousing controversy)

incendiary; incitive; inflammatory; instigative; rabble-rousing; seditious (arousing to action or rebellion)

rousing (rousing to activity or heightened action as by spurring or goading)


exciting (creating or arousing excitement)


unprovocative (not provocative)

Sense 2provocative [BACK TO TOP]


Exciting sexual desire

Context example:

her gestures and postures became more wanton and provocative


sexy (marked by or tending to arouse sexual desire or interest)

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