explorative

exploratory

[ik-splawr-uh-tawr-ee, -splohr-uh-tohr-ee]
adjective
1.
pertaining to or concerned with exploration: an exploratory operation.
2.
inclined to make explorations.
Also, explorative.


Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English < Latin explōrātōrius. See exploration, -ory1

exploratively, adverb
nonexplorative, adjective
nonexploratory, adjective
unexplorative, adjective
unexploratory, adjective
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exploration (ˌɛkspləˈreɪʃən)
 
n
1.  the act or process of exploring
2.  med examination of an organ or part for diagnostic purposes
3.  an organized trip into unfamiliar regions, esp for scientific purposes; expedition
 
exploratory
 
adj
 
ex'plorative
 
adj

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exploratory
mid-15c., from L. exploratorius "belonging to scouts," from explorator "scout," from explorare (see explore). Alternative explorative is from 1738.
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