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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Origin of exploratory

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English word from Latin word explōrātōrius.See exploration, -ory1

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