(noun, adjective)


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

Similar word(s): exciting, agitating, agitative, provoking, challenging, intriguing, charged, incendiary, incitive, inflammatory, instigative, seditious, rousing

2. intentionally arousing sexual desire

- her gestures and postures became more wanton and provocative

Similar word(s): sexy


1. (now historical) Something that provokes an appetite, especially a sexual appetite; an aphrodisiac. [from 15th c.]