Definitions for provocativeprəˈvɒk ə tɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pro•voc•a•tiveprəˈvɒk ə tɪv(adj.)

  1. tending or serving to provoke; stimulating, exciting, or vexing.

  2. (n.)something provocative.

Origin of provocative:

1375–1425; late ME < LL prōvocātīvus. See provoke , -ate1, -ive


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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. provocative(adjective)əˈvɒk ə tɪv

    intended to cause an angry reaction

    provocative statements

  2. provocativeəˈvɒk ə tɪv

    causing thoughts about sex

    women in provocative poses


  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


  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.

Translations for provocative

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


likely to rouse feeling, especially anger or sexual interest

provocative remarks; a provocative dress.

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