Definition of provocative adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    provocative

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    NAmE//prəˈvɑkət̮ɪv//
     
     
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  1. 1intended to make people angry or upset; intended to make people argue about something a provocative remark He doesn't really mean that—he's just being deliberately provocative.
  2. 2intended to make someone sexually excited a provocative smile She was dressed in a highly provocative way.
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