- tending or serving to provoke; inciting, stimulating, irritating, or vexing.
- something provocative.
- acting as a stimulus or incitement, esp to anger or sexual desire; provokinga provocative look; a provocative remark
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.).