Definition of exploratory in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪkˈsplɒrət(ə)ri/
Pronunciation: /ɛkˈsplɒrət(ə)ri/


Relating to or involving exploration or investigation: surgeons performed an exploratory operation exploratory talks
More example sentences
  • Further exploratory investigations were carried out to determine whether these were pertinent here.
  • He suffered a stomach wound, but an exploratory operation showed none of his organs was damaged.
  • Music that sounded tentative and exploratory a few years ago now has its feet firmly on the ground.


Late Middle English: from Latin exploratorius, from Latin explorare (see explore).

Words that rhyme with exploratory

laboratory, oratory

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Line breaks: ex¦plora|tory

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