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exploratory

[ ik-splawr-uh-tawr-ee ]
/ ɪkˈsplɔr əˌtɔr i /
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adjective

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

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Also ex·plor·a·tive [ik-splawr-uh-tiv] /ɪkˈsplɔr ə tɪv/ .

Origin of exploratory

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