Definition of exploratory adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɪkˈsplɒrətri//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsplɔːrətɔːri//
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done with the intention of examining something in order to find out more about it exploratory surgery exploratory drilling for oil an exploratory expedition up the Amazon Exploratory discussions between management and the unions have ended in stalemate. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin exploratorius, from Latin explorare ‘search out’, from ex- ‘out’ + plorare ‘utter a cry’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: exploratory