Meaning of EXPLORATORY in English

/ ɪkˈsplɒrətri; NAmE ɪkˈsplɔːrətɔːri/ adjective

done with the intention of examining sth in order to find out more about it :

exploratory surgery

exploratory drilling for oil



late Middle English : from Latin exploratorius , from Latin explorare search out, from ex- out + plorare utter a cry.

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