provocative

If something is provocative, it provokes a reaction. A provocative book might get people talking about a controversial idea. 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
  1. adjective
    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
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    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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  2. adjective
    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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