Monsieur, if you wish to be heard, let me beg of you not to be provocative in your language.
If the few words I have used so far have been provocative, I regret it.
To see these flying-fish this way was provocative of thought.
The conduct of McNeice and Malcolmson was offensive and provocative.
Theirs indeed was not provocative of discussion; if satisfactory, it was also ...