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exploratory

or explorative

[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.
Origin of exploratory
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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  • There was, however, another type of sweep used for exploratory work and also for sweeping in shallow water.

    Submarine Warfare of To-day Charles W. Domville-Fife
  • Something was suggested about what he called an "exploratory puncture."

    The Poet at the Breakfast Table Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • Listening to a sudden noise is one of the first exploratory reactions.

    Psychology Robert S. Woodworth
  • Let us accompany Mr. Dick in one of his exploratory rambles.

  • Logic cares nothing about the exploratory process that culminates in inference, but limits itself to inference alone.

    Psychology Robert S. Woodworth
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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