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provocative

adjective  /prəˈvɑk·ə·t̬ɪv/ us  
intended to cause a reaction, esp. anger or annoyance, or to force you to think more carefully about something: a provocative speech provocative advertisements If behavior or clothing is provocative, it is likely to cause sexual desire.
provocatively
adverb  /prəˈvɑk·ə·t̬ɪv·li/ us  
He can speak provocatively on any subject.
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