- Relating to or involving exploration or investigation: surgeons performed an exploratory operation exploratory talksMore 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).