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provocative

[pruh-vok-uh-tiv] /prəˈvɒk ə tɪv/
adjective
1.
tending or serving to provoke; inciting, stimulating, irritating, or vexing.
noun
2.
something provocative.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Late Latin prōvocātīvus. See provocation, -ive
Related forms
provocatively, adverb
provocativeness, noun
half-provocative, adjective
nonprovocative, adjective
nonprovocatively, adverb
nonprovocativeness, noun
quasi-provocative, adjective
quasi-provocatively, adverb
unprovocative, adjective
unprovocatively, adverb
unprovocativeness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for half provocative

provocative

/prəˈvɒkətɪv/
adjective
1.
acting as a stimulus or incitement, esp to anger or sexual desire; provoking: a provocative look, a provocative remark
Derived Forms
provocatively, adverb
provocativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for half provocative

provocative

adj.

mid-15c., "eliciting," from Middle French provocatif (15c.) and directly from Late Latin provocativus "calling forth," from provocat-, past participle stem of Latin provocare (see provoke). Specifically of sexual desire from 1620s. Related: Provocatively; provocativeness. The earliest appearance of the word in English is as a noun meaning "an aphrodisiac" (early 15c.).

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