- The definition of provocative is something exciting, stimulating or erotic.
A burlesque dancer at a night club is an example of provocative.
Origin of provocativeMiddle English prouocatyue, aphrodisiac ; from Late Latin provocativus ; from Classical Latin provocare: see provoke
(comparative more provocative, superlative most provocative)
- (now historical) Something that provokes an appetite, especially a sexual appetite; an aphrodisiac. [from 15th c.]