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or ex·plor·a·tive

[ik-splawr-uh-tawr-ee, -splohr-uh-tohr-ee or ik-splawr-uh-tiv, -splohr-]
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  1. pertaining to or concerned with exploration: an exploratory operation.
  2. 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
Related formsex·plor·a·tive·ly, adverbnon·ex·plor·a·tive, adjectivenon·ex·plor·a·to·ry, adjectiveun·ex·plor·a·tive, adjectiveun·ex·plor·a·to·ry, adjective
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mid-15c., from Latin exploratorius "belonging to scouts," from explorator "scout," from explorare (see explore). Alternative explorative is from 1738.

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