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Definitions for provocative
prəˈvɒk ə tɪvprovoca·tive

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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

    Etymology: [L. provocativus: cf. OF. provocatif.]

  2. Provocative(noun)

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

    Etymology: [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.

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  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

Examples of provocative in a Sentence

  1. 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!

  2. Jacob Zuma:

    They sang provocative songs and made inflammatory remarks which tended to aggravate an already volatile situation.

  3. The State Department:

    The United States firmly opposes coercion and intimidation by any claimant to assert its territorial or maritime claims, china should cease its bullying behavior and refrain from engaging in this type of provocative and destabilizing activity.

  4. Melissa Hobley:

    DTF is a provocative phrase. Some of our ad images are provocative. Some are political in nature. So, some images you’ll see socially and digitally but have been rejected by various platforms i.e. out of home, businesses, public transportation organizations. ‘Down to 420’ is another - we can’t run that in New York, but we can run it in states where marijuana is legal.

  5. New York Times:

    Free speech aside, why would anyone do something as provocative as hosting a ‘Muhammad drawing contest,’.

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