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[ik-splawr-uh-tawr-ee, -splohr-uh-tohr-ee] /ɪkˈsplɔr əˌtɔr i, -ˈsploʊr əˌtoʊr i/

pertaining to or concerned with :
an exploratory operation.
inclined to make .

mid-15c., from Latin exploratorius “belonging to scouts,” from explorator “scout,” from explorare (see explore). Alternative explorative is from 1738.


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