provocative

[pruh-vok-uh-tiv]
adjective
1.
tending or serving to provoke; inciting, stimulating, irritating, or vexing.
noun
2.
something provocative.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English < Late Latin prōvocātīvus. See provocation, -ive

provocatively, adverb
provocativeness, noun
half-provocative, adjective
nonprovocative, adjective
nonprovocatively, adverb
nonprovocativeness, noun
quasi-provocative, adjective
quasi-provocatively, adverb
unprovocative, adjective
unprovocatively, adverb
unprovocativeness, noun
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provocative (prəˈvɒkətɪv)
 
adj
acting as a stimulus or incitement, esp to anger or sexual desire; provoking: a provocative look; a provocative remark
 
pro'vocatively
 
adv
 
pro'vocativeness
 
n

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provocative
early 15c., from obsolete Fr. provocatif (15c.), from L.L. provocativus, from L. provocare (see provoke). Specifically of sexual desire from 1620s.
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Example sentences
The lessons he learns are as provocative today as when the film was originally
  released.
No, what truly makes this parasite provocative is its profitability.
That's a brave and provocative idea that may not come as a complete surprise to
  the latest generation of biophysicists.
Provocative arguments swirled around the importance of design interfaces,
  accessibility, and ease of use.
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