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provocative

adjective uk   /prəˈvɒk.ə.tɪv/  us   /-ˈvɑː.kə.t̬ɪv/

provocative adjective (CAUSING THOUGHT)

causing thought about interesting subjects: The programme will take a detailed and provocative look at the problem of homelessness.

provocative adjective (MAKE ANGRY)

causing an angry reaction, usually intentionally: a provocative question/remark In a deliberately provocative speech, she criticized the whole system of government.

provocative adjective (SEXUAL)

If behaviour or clothing is provocative, it is intended to cause sexual desire: She slowly leaned forward in a provocative way.
provocatively
adverb uk   us   /-li/
She dresses very provocatively (= intending to cause sexual interest).
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