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exploratory

[ik-splawr-uh-tawr-ee, -splohr-uh-tohr-ee] /ɪkˈsplɔr əˌtɔr i, -ˈsploʊr əˌtoʊr i/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or concerned with exploration:
an exploratory operation.
2.
inclined to make explorations.
Also, explorative.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English < Latin explōrātōrius. See exploration, -ory1
Related forms
exploratively, adverb
nonexplorative, adjective
nonexploratory, adjective
unexplorative, adjective
unexploratory, adjective
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  • exploratory surgery has given way to robot cameras and high-resolution imaging.
  • exploratory drilling is expected to get under way soon.
  • Merely being examined for such issues-many exploratory probes are anticipated-will generate vast legal fees.
  • For the rest, the occasional exploratory shaft or trench must suffice.
  • Please keep me informed about your own exploratory research.
  • exploratory surgery is performed to aid or confirm a diagnosis.
Word Origin and History for exploratory
adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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