provocative

If something is provocative, it provokes a reaction. A provocative, or low cut blouse might make people think you're sexy. A provocative statement, such as "I hate babies," will get another kind of reaction.

The action, thought, or feeling is often a desired one, called forth on purpose. In fact, provocative is often used to describe actions or ways of dressing that cause sexual feelings. But provocative things can also call forth something unwanted: "She was angered by the provocative remarks." This adjective was borrowed from French provocatif, from Late Latin provocativus "calling forth," from Latin provocare "to call forth, challenge."

DEFINITIONS OF: provocative

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adj serving or tending to provoke, excite, or stimulate; stimulating discussion or exciting controversy

“a provocative remark”
“a provocative smile”
“"provocative Irish tunes which...compel the hearers to dance"- Anthony Trollope”
Synonyms
exciting
creating or arousing excitement
agitating, agitative, provoking
causing or tending to cause anger or resentment
challenging, intriguing
disturbingly provocative
charged
capable of producing violent emotion or arousing controversy
incendiary, incitive, inflammatory, instigative, rabble-rousing, seditious
arousing to action or rebellion
rousing
rousing to activity or heightened action as by spurring or goading
Antonyms:
unprovocative, unprovoking
not provocative
unexciting
not exciting
disarming
capable of allaying hostility
noninflammatory
not inflammatory
nonviolent
abstaining (on principle) from the use of violence
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adj exciting sexual desire

“her gestures and postures became more wanton and provocative
Synonyms
sexy
marked by or tending to arouse sexual desire or interest
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