Meaning of EXPLORATORY in English

ikˈsplōrəˌtōrē, ek-, -lȯr-, -tȯr-, -ri adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Latin exploratorius, from exploratus (past participle of explorare to explore, spy out) + -orius -ory

: of, relating to, or connected with exploration : serving in or intended for exploration : searching

an exploratory reconnaissance of … the least-known inhabited part of the world — R.C.Andrews

drilling an exploratory well in the Gulf of Mexico — Wall Street Journal

an exploratory surgical operation

: designed to orient in or acquaint with the outlines or first elements of a subject : preliminary

an exploratory course in art

exploratory talks between diplomats

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