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- /


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

Nearby words

  1. exploitative,
  2. exploiter,
  3. exploits,
  4. exploration,
  5. explorationist,
  6. explore,
  7. explorer,
  8. explorer tent,
  9. explosible,
  10. 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 exploratory



mid-15c., from Latin exploratorius "belonging to scouts," from explorator "scout," from explorare (see explore). Alternative explorative is from 1738.

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