exploratory


exploratory
[[t]ɪksplɒ̱rətri, AM -plɔ͟ːrətɔːri[/t]]
ADJ
Exploratory actions are done in order to discover something or to learn the truth about something.

Exploratory surgery revealed her liver cancer...

The Prime Minister's talks with the leaders of the Democratic Party were largely exploratory.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Exploratory — Ex*plor a*to*ry, a. [L. exploratorius.] Serving or intended to explore; searching; examining; explorative. Sir H. Wotton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • exploratory — index interrogative, precursory, probative, tentative Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • exploratory — mid 15c., from L. exploratorius belonging to scouts, from explorator scout, from explorare (see EXPLORE (Cf. explore)). Alternative explorative is from 1738 …   Etymology dictionary

  • exploratory — [eks plôr′ətiv, ik splôr′ətivek splôr′ə tôr΄ē, iksplôr′ə tôr΄ē] adj. [ME < L exploratorius] of, in, or for exploration: also explorative [eks plôr′ətiv, ik splôr′ətiv] …   English World dictionary

  • exploratory — adjective Date: 1620 of, relating to, or being exploration < exploratory surgery > < exploratory drilling for oil > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • exploratory — ex|plor|a|to|ry [ ık splɔrə,tɔri ] adjective done in order to learn more about something: The doctor explained the need for exploratory surgery. Talks are still in the exploratory stage …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • exploratory — UK [ɪkˈsplɒrət(ə)rɪ] / US [ɪkˈsplɔrəˌtɔrɪ] adjective done in order to learn more about something The doctor explained the need for exploratory surgery. Talks are still in the exploratory stage …   English dictionary

  • exploratory — exploratively, adv. /ik splawr euh tawr ee, splohr euh tohr ee/, adj. 1. pertaining to or concerned with exploration: an exploratory operation. 2. inclined to make explorations. Also, explorative. [1425 75; late ME < L exploratorius. See… …   Universalium

  • exploratory — Relating to, or with a view to, exploration. * * * ex·plor·ato·ry ik splōr ə .tōr ē, splȯr , .tȯr adj of, relating to, or being exploration <exploratory surgery> …   Medical dictionary

  • exploratory — adj. Exploratory is used with these nouns: ↑meeting, ↑operation, ↑stage, ↑surgery, ↑talk …   Collocations dictionary


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