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exploratory

or explorative

[ik-splawr-uh-tawr-ee, -splohr-uh-tohr-ee or ik-splawr-uh-tiv, -splohr-] /ɪkˈsplɔr əˌtɔr i, -ˈsploʊr əˌtoʊr i or ɪkˈsplɔr ə tɪv, -ˈsploʊr-/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or concerned with exploration:
an exploratory operation.
2.
inclined to make explorations.
Origin of exploratory
late Middle English
1425-1475
First recorded in 1425-75; late Middle English word from Latin word explōrātōrius. See exploration, -ory1
Related forms
exploratively, adverb
nonexplorative, adjective
nonexploratory, adjective
unexplorative, adjective
unexploratory, adjective
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adj.

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

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