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Definition tending to provoke, excite, or stimulate — especially controversy, sexual desire, or anger
  • Her provocative article is sure to create debate.
provocative = tending to provoke, excite, or stimulate — especially controversy, sexual desire, or anger
  • The school bans clothing deemed provocative such as miniskirts.
  • Her theories tend to be more provocative than plausible.
  • a provocative smile
  • a provocative remark
  • Judith tipped back her head and smiled up at him provocatively.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • provocatively = attempting to arouse his interest
  • Once Harding asked what manner of cigarette they were smoking that smelled so provocative,
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • provocative = stimulating (arousing interest)
  • Her manner is open and lightly provocative.
    Peter Shaffer  --  Equus
  • provocative = tending to provoke, excite, or stimulate
  • the provocative smile on her lips
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • provocative = tending to provoke, excite, or stimulate
  • Give them a shout. Something provocative. Intrigue them.
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • provocative = tending to provoke, excite, or stimulate
  • But her sister stared back with sultry eyes, boldly provocative.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • provocative = tending to stimulate interest or sexual desire
  • Sukeena immediately began dancing in a most fluid, provocative and suggestive manner.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • provocative = sexy
  • Doubletree Mutt looked into the barn, his big tail waving provocatively, and Jody was so incensed at his health that he found a hard black clod on the floor and deliberately threw it.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Red Pony
  • provocatively = in a manner that provokes
  • The Milwaukee Braves won the World Series, and the hot winds of change that would make the sixties a turbulent, racing, dangerous, and provocative decade had not yet begun to blow full.
    August Wilson  --  Fences
  • provocative = tending to provoke, excite, or stimulate
  • like provocative music
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Winter Dreams
  • provocative = stimulating or exciting
  • The next day Danglars was again hungry; certainly the air of that dungeon was very provocative of appetite.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The hope was that these programs would be provocative, stimulating, and helpful to listeners.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • She knew that even offering to leave now could be provocative.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • Or, if his uncle's brace is such a provocative subject, shouldn't he have selected it in the first place as his subject—not the farm?
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye
  • He had presented a variety of moods to Duane's observation, and this latest one was provocative of thought.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger

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