exploratory

[ ik-splawr-uh-tawr-ee, -splohr-uh-tohr-ee or ik-splawr-uh-tiv, -splohr- ]SEE DEFINITION OF exploratory
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Something was suggested about what he called an "exploratory puncture."

Let us accompany Mr. Dick in one of his exploratory rambles.

The new response is exploratory and tentative, while habit is fixed and definite.

Listening to a sudden noise is one of the first exploratory reactions.

On these exploratory thoughts intent, I took my homeward way.

These were both western men, animated with the spirit of exploratory enterprise which characterizes that people.

Again perchance some get rich quick frenzy pushes you into the frozen regions in exploratory reconnaissance for precious metals.

On a purely scientific and exploratory expedition of this kind, there was no possible motive for any underhand work.

The case of Whittaker and Ransohoff survived the exploratory puncture, but Harley's case proved fatal from traumatic peritonitis.

An exploratory incision was made, and a few ounces of pancreatic fluid evacuated by aspiration.

WORD ORIGIN

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

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