[ 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- /
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Origin of exploratory
ex·plor·a·tive·ly, adverbnon·ex·plor·a·tive, adjectivenon·ex·plor·a·to·ry, adjectiveun·ex·plor·a·tive, adjective
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Word Origin and History for explorative
mid-15c., from Latin exploratorius "belonging to scouts," from explorator "scout," from explorare (see explore). Alternative explorative is from 1738.
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