What does provocative mean?

Definitions for provocativeprəˈvɒk ə tɪv

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word provocative.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. provocative(adj)

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

    "a provocative remark"; "a provocative smile"; "provocative Irish tunes which...compel the hearers to dance"- Anthony Trollope

  2. provocative(adj)

    exciting sexual desire

    "her gestures and postures became more wanton and provocative"


  1. provocative(Noun)

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

  2. provocative(Adjective)

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Provocative(adj)

    serving or tending to provoke, excite, or stimulate; exciting

  2. Provocative(noun)

    anything that is provocative; a stimulant; as, a provocative of appetite

  3. Origin: [L. provocativus: cf. OF. provocatif.]


  1. Provocative

    Provocative is an album by singer Johnny Gill. It was his second album for Motown Records and fourth album overall. Provocative is notable for having most of the songs produced by the production team Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. Three singles were released from the album with music videos. The first single "The Floor" was accompanied by a music video directed by Julien Temple. The video for the second single "Long Way From Home" was directed by Wayne Isham. The final single "I Got You" was directed by Sanji. While the singles were moderate successes, the album's best known song was the ballad "Quiet Time To Play" which became popular in the Quiet Storm format on urban radio. To date, Provocative remains Johnny Gill's lowest selling album on Motown.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of provocative in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of provocative in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Andrea Scholer, author and philosopher:

    Once respect has been initiated, war is less provocative.

  2. Steve Wayte:

    I’m a smart-alec, and I like to be provocative. And apparently I was a little too provocative.

  3. Ikogho David:

    The mind like the tree of life is found in the inexplicable extricacies of Divine Ordinance only to be unearth by provocative thinking-perhaps our perception!

  4. Yasuo Fukuda:

    I think one should not do something provocative toward international opinion at this juncture, and I think that Prime Minister Abe is thinking quite cautiously about whether to go to Yasukuni Shrine.

  5. John Updike:

    To say that war is madness is like saying that sex is madness: true enough, from the standpoint of a stateless eunuch, but merely a provocative epigram for those who must make their arrangements in the world as given.

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