AskDefine | Define provocative

Dictionary Definition

provocative adj
1 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 [ant: unprovocative]
2 exciting sexual desire; "her gestures and postures became more wanton and provocative"

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. Anything that is provocative; a stimulant; as, a provocative of appetite.


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


Extensive Definition

A provocation is an act that causes a response.
Provocation and provoke can refer to:
  • Provocation (legal), a type of legal defense in court which claims the "victim" provoked the accused's actions
  • Agent provocateur, a (generally political) group that tries to goad a desired response from the group or otherwise disrupt its activity
  • Provocation (medical), a way of medical testing for conditions such as an allergy by provoking the immune system's response
  • Provoke (album), a 1998 album by Altar and their final release on Displeased Records
  • Provoked (film), a 2007 British film starring Aishwarya Rai and Naveen Andrews
provocative in French: Provocation
provocative in Japanese: Provoke

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