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The act or an instance of exploring: Arctic exploration; exploration of new theories.

ex·plor′a·to′ry (ĭk-splôr′ə-tôr′ē) adj.


(ɪkˈsplɔr əˌtɔr i, -ˈsploʊr əˌtoʊr i)

also ex•plor′a•tive,

pertaining to or concerned with exploration: exploratory surgery.
[1425–75; late Middle English < Latin]
ex•plor′a•tive•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.exploratory - serving in or intended for exploration or discovery; "an exploratory operation"; "exploratory reconnaissance"; "digging an exploratory well in the Gulf of Mexico"; "exploratory talks between diplomats"


adjective investigative, trial, searching, probing, experimental, analytic, fact-finding Exploratory surgery revealed that she had cancer of the liver.
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[eksˈplɒrətərɪ] ADJ [surgery, research, study] → exploratorio; [discussions] → preliminares, de tanteo; [drilling] → de sondeo


[ɪkˈsplɒrətəri] adj
[surgery] → explorateur/trice
exploratory operation → intervention f exploratrice, intervention f à visée exploratrice
[talks] → préliminaire
[expedition] → d'exploration


adj approach, stageexploratorisch; exploratory talks or discussions/meetingSondierungsgespräche pl/-gespräch nt; he emphasized that the talks were only exploratoryer betonte, dass es sich nur um Sondierungsgespräche handelte; exploratory trip/expeditionErkundungsfahrt f/-expedition f; exploratory digging/drillingProbegrabungen pl/-bohrungen pl; exploratory workVorarbeiten pl; exploratory surgery, an exploratory operation (Med) → eine Explorationsoperation


[ɪksˈplɒrətrɪ] adj (talks) → esplorativo/a; (expedition) → d'esplorazione; (step, discussion) → preliminare
exploratory operation (Med) → intervento esplorativo


(ikˈsploː) verb
1. to search or travel through (a place) for the purpose of discovery. The oceans have not yet been fully explored; Let's go exploring in the caves.
2. to examine carefully. I'll explore the possibilities of getting a job here.
exploration (ekspləˈreiʃən) noun
a journey of exploration.
exˈploratory (-ˈsplorə-) adjective
for the purpose of exploration or investigation. an exploratory expedition.
exˈplorer noun
a person who explores unknown regions. explorers in space.


a. exploratorio-a, rel. a una exploración.


adj (surg) explorador
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An understanding of the general New York area geology permits the geotechnical engineer to properly address these questions in the exploratory program.
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This paper is designed to help funders avoid some of the pitfalls of embarking on major reform efforts in troubled urban districts, proposing exploratory case studies as a tool to improve philanthropic giving.
The group's second and last exploratory bore, Fitzroy-1, in the North Falkland Basin, led to the discovery of several hydrocarbon pockets but failed to uncover any "commercial" deposits.
Indeed, the yellowtail, our target on this rare, exploratory hunt to the island, is known for its hit-and-run striking tactic.

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