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Definition of "provocative" []

  • Tending to provoke or stimulate. (adjective)
  • Acting as a stimulus or incitement, esp to anger or sexual desire; provoking (adjective)

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Use "provocative" in a sentence
  • "The United States, South Korea and Japan have expressed reluctance to talk with North Korea at the present time, fearing that would reward Pyongyang for what they call provocative behavior."
  • "The United States, South Korea and Japan have expressed reluctance to talk with North Korea, concerned that doing so would seen as rewarding Pyongyang for what they call provocative behavior."
  • "And, in fact, they have been delivering some tough talk here at the administration, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemning North Korea for what she called provocative and belligerent threats."