Definition of exploratory in English:



  • Relating to or involving exploration or investigation.

    ‘surgeons performed an exploratory operation’
    ‘exploratory talks’
    • ‘The talks appear to have been just exploratory discussions that did not go far.’
    • ‘Although no firm proposals have been lodged with the council, exploratory drilling has commenced and the company has made a survey.’
    • ‘Bill was the first to see his shortcomings and acknowledge the exploratory and experimental character of his work.’
    • ‘Like any exploratory survey, the scientists are finding they have more questions now than when they set out.’
    • ‘Injuries occur most often during gall bladder operations, with exploratory laparoscopy coming second.’
    • ‘All analyses were exploratory, as the trial was not designed for this purpose.’
    • ‘Despite a number of exploratory dives since its discovery in 1975, no one has yet been able to confirm the identity of the ship.’
    • ‘He suffered a stomach wound, but an exploratory operation showed none of his organs was damaged.’
    • ‘Further exploratory investigations were carried out to determine whether these were pertinent here.’
    • ‘This is not really taking a risk; it is more an exploratory probe into a new field.’
    • ‘The referral had to be made carefully since in the wrong hands Rachel would end up in theatre having an unnecessary exploratory operation.’
    • ‘This study is exploratory in nature, proposing a combination of methods to investigate norms for a speech event.’
    • ‘Actual confirmation of the reserves would require detailed seismic work and exploratory drilling.’
    • ‘Six elders from Manitoba and Saskatchewan made a long exploratory trek to Mexico in 1921.’
    • ‘Because the book has relatively little polemic, its character is markedly exploratory and tentative.’
    • ‘The council said machinery was doing exploratory work and the council had not been aware of the souterrain.’
    • ‘Music that sounded tentative and exploratory a few years ago now has its feet firmly on the ground.’
    • ‘First, oilers must drill one or more exploratory wells on the basis of their seismic data.’
    • ‘Out-of-town contractors would carry out most of the exploratory efforts with their own crews.’
    • ‘Some exploratory visits are good to give you an idea of what kind of equipment you'll need, and what kind of state the place is in.’
    investigative, investigational, explorative, probing, fact-finding, analytic, searching
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Late Middle English: from Latin exploratorius, from Latin explorare (see explore).