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exploratory

or ex·plor·a·tive

[ 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

pertaining to or concerned with exploration: an exploratory operation.
inclined to make explorations.

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Nearby words

exploitative, exploiter, exploits, exploration, explorationist, exploratory, explore, explorer, explorer tent, explosible, explosimeter

Origin of exploratory

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English word from Latin word explōrātōrius. See exploration, -ory1
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Word Origin and History for explorative

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