From Middle French provocatif, and its source, Late Latin provocativus, from provocare.
provocative (comparative more provocative, superlative most provocative)
- Serving or tending to provoke, excite, or stimulate; exciting.
tending to provoke, excite, or stimulate
provocative (plural provocatives)
- (now historical) Something that provokes an appetite, especially a sexual appetite; an aphrodisiac. [from 15th c.]
- 1723, Charles Walker, Memoirs of the Life of Sally Salisbury:
- She used by way of Provocative, to read the wanton Verses of her Paramour in the day time [...].