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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Example sentences
Exploratory surgery has given way to robot cameras and high-resolution imaging.
Exploratory drilling is expected to get under way soon.
For the rest, the occasional exploratory shaft or trench must suffice.
Please keep me informed about your own exploratory research.
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