• (RP) IPA: /pɹəˈvɒk.ə.tɪv/
  • (GA) IPA: /pɹəˈvɑk.ə.tɪv/


  1. Serving or tending to elicit a strong, often negative sentiment in another person; exasperating.
  2. Serving or tending to excite, stimulate or arouse sexual interest.
Related terms Translations Noun

provocative (plural provocatives)

  1. (obsolescent) Something that provokes an appetite, especially a sexual appetite; an aphrodisiac. [from 15th c.]
    • 1723, Charles Walker, Memoirs of the Life of Sally Salisbury:
      She used by way of Provocative, to read the wanton Verses of her smallcaps Paramour in the day time [...].

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