- The definition of provocative is something exciting, stimulating or erotic.
A burlesque dancer at a night club is an example of provocative.
Origin: Middle English prouocatyue, aphrodisiac from Late Latin provocativus from Classical Latin provocare: see provoke
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- pro·vocˈa·tive noun
- pro·vocˈa·tive·ly adverb
- pro·vocˈa·tive·ness noun