provocative


provocative
adj.
1 intending to cause an argument
VERBS
be, seem
consider sth
ADVERB
extremely, fairly, very, etc.
highly
deliberately, intentionally

The book's epilogue is deliberately provocative.

The paper had the intentionally provocative title, ‘Non-Darwinian evolution’.

needlessly, unnecessarily
2 intending to cause sexual excitement
VERBS
be, look
ADVERB
highly, very
sexually

Models find themselves wearing sexually provocative clothing.

Provocative is used with these nouns: ↑act, ↑article, ↑remark, ↑suggestion, ↑thesis

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • Provocative — Pro*vo ca*tive, n. Anything that is provocative; a stimulant; as, a provocative of appetite. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • provocative — [adj1] aggravating annoying, challenging, disturbing, exciting, galling, goading, heady, incensing, inciting, influential, inspirational, insulting, intoxicating, offensive, outrageous, provoking, pushing, spurring, stimulant, stimulating;… …   New thesaurus

  • Provocative — Pro*vo ca*tive, a. [L. provocativus: cf. OF. provocatif.] Serving or tending to provoke, excite, or stimulate; exciting. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • provocative — I adjective aggravating, alluring, annoying, arousing, attractive, bellicose, captivating, challenging, defiant, desirable, electric, electrifying, enchanting, entrancing, exasperating, exciting, galling, galvanic, galvanical, grating, inciting,… …   Law dictionary

  • provocative — early 15c., from obsolete Fr. provocatif (15c.), from L.L. provocativus, from L. provocare (see PROVOKE (Cf. provoke)). Specifically of sexual desire from 1620s. Related: Provocatively …   Etymology dictionary

  • provocative — ► ADJECTIVE 1) deliberately causing annoyance or anger. 2) deliberately arousing sexual desire or interest. DERIVATIVES provocatively adverb provocativeness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • provocative — [prə väk′ə tiv, prōväk′ə tiv] adj. [ME prouocatyue, aphrodisiac < LL provocativus < L provocare: see PROVOKE] provoking or tending to provoke, as to action, thought, feeling, etc.; stimulating, erotic, irritating, etc. n. something that… …   English World dictionary

  • provocative — pro|voc|a|tive [prəˈvɔkətıv US ˈva: ] adj 1.) provocative behaviour, remarks etc are intended to make people angry or upset, or to cause a lot of discussion provocative comment/remark/statement ▪ The minister s provocative remarks were widely… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • provocative — [[t]prəvɒ̱kətɪv[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If you describe something as provocative, you mean that it is intended to make people react angrily or argue against it. He has made a string of outspoken and sometimes provocative speeches in recent years...… …   English dictionary

  • provocative — adjective 1 provocative behaviour, remarks etc are intended to make people angry or to cause a lot of discussion: Some would say he wrote a deliberately provocative book. 2 provocative clothes, movements etc are intended to make someone sexually… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English


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