a testing regimen designed to deliberately provoke symptoms of the presenting condition in a patient for evaluation. This can be done for a number of reasons, including excluding similar maladies and in the case of psychogenic disorders, to test the veracity of the condition.

PROVOCATIVE TESTING: "Using provocative testing, the therapist was able to elicit signs of paranoia in the patient."
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