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Adjective: exploratory  ik'splor-u,tor-ee [N. Amer], ik'spló-ru-t(u-)ree [Brit]
  1. Serving in or intended for exploration or discovery
    "exploratory reconnaissance"; "digging an exploratory well in the Gulf of Mexico"; "exploratory talks between diplomats"; "an exploratory operation";
    - explorative

See also: alpha, beta, preliminary, searching, wildcat

Encyclopedia: Exploratory