ex·​plor·​ative ik-ˈsplȯr-ə-tiv How to pronounce explorative (audio)
exploratively adverb

Examples of explorative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a crowded corridor of the Metropolitan Museum of Art at Fifth Avenue in New York, Denise Murrell suits up for an explorative journey, like an astronaut preparing to step on a foreign surface. Ken Makin, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 May 2024 And being able to do it in clothes that are so carefully thought out and made and so explorative and more conceptual is very cool. Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 6 May 2024 Howard, who recorded the album in Nashville with producer Shawn Everett, is on point in every setting, a careful, empathetic, authoritative soul singer who’s also a hot, explorative guitar player. Jon Dolan, Rolling Stone, 6 Feb. 2024 But the culture here and where [the company] came from, is really explorative, creator led. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 21 Jan. 2024 Its explorative pursuits also led India to become the first to land a spacecraft near the lunar south pole in August 2023. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 20 Oct. 2023 The tasting menu fused fine-dining with a sense of Japanese temple food in presentation and palate, sharpened by a skillful smack of Srinagar and playful nods to south Indian staples—the flavours of India bolstered by Masque’s strong backbone of explorative regional cooking with technical twists. Julian Manning, Condé Nast Traveler, 18 Sep. 2023 The Moon is flying into your explorative 9th house, sending a breath of fresh air your way to inspire your journey into the unknown. Tarot Astrologers, Chicago Tribune, 18 Sep. 2023 Known for developing the explorative GAGA movement style that emphasizes body and psychological discovery, sensation, and pushing limits, Naharin has inspired generations to choreograph from a place of fearless probing. Catherine Tharin, BostonGlobe.com, 15 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1578, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of explorative was in 1578

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“Explorative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/explorative. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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