Definition of 'provocative'

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Their aim was to unleash m havoc on polite society with their provocative clothes and aggressive attitude. The Sun (2017)The survey found that almost a third of female employees had been told that wearing more provocative clothes would be'good for business '. The Sun (2016)This may go down as a canny move but for now simply looks provocative. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The imposition was seen by many as a provocative move. Times, Sunday Times (2006)What should happen next is the core of this vigorously provocative book. Times, Sunday Times (2011)This is an intelligent and provocative book with new things to say about a huge subject. Times, Sunday Times (2016)But it was delayed because ministers suggested that it would be a provocative move before the party conference. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Yet at 63 the softly spoken doctor is still capable of provocative behaviour. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Not very, comes the answer in this thrillingly provocative book. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The outfits worn may be tempting and provocative to look at - but this alone is not an invitation to touch. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Those three all have the common touch, the ability to make you smile and the knack of saying something provocative. The Sun (2013)One can imagine the cursing at other houses - and then the unseemly rush to come up with something similarly provocative. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Such provocative behaviour deserves criticism. Times, Sunday Times (2015)There is something playfully provocative about a man extolling the virtues of privacy while surrounded by a cabal of at least 20 people. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Where it doesn't, it feels cynically provocative. Times, Sunday Times (2009)This mix of journalism, activism and stand-up comedy looks to be provocative and informative. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Somehow the 6 manages to look different - provocative in a very dynamic way. The Sun (2009)The England management had clearly had enough of their star player's posturing and provocative behaviour. Times, Sunday Times (2012)This provocative book reasons that at the core of power is'the ability of leaders to convince others to obey'. Times, Sunday Times (2006)

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Translations for 'provocative'

British English: provocative ADJECTIVE
If you describe something as provocative, you mean that it is intended to make people react angrily or argue against it.
He has made a string of outspoken and sometimes provocative speeches in recent years.


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