ex·​plor·​ato·​ry | \ ik-ˈsplȯr-ə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce exploratory (audio) \

Definition of exploratory

: of, relating to, or being exploration exploratory surgery exploratory drilling for oil

Examples of exploratory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The family-friendly showcase of American exploratory power boasts perhaps the world’s largest display of rocketry and memorabilia from various NASA programs. Fox News, 29 June 2022 The technology An Amazon spokesperson told Fortune that Prasad's presentation was based on Amazon's exploratory text-to-speech (TTS) research, which is something the company has been exploring using recent advancements in the technology. Sophie Mellor, Fortune, 23 June 2022 In this season, Benji and Victor are both in very self-exploratory stages, but for very different reasons. Hunter Ingram, Variety, 15 June 2022 Questions to ask in the exploratory conversation include: 1. Victoria Pelletier, Forbes, 8 June 2022 China successfully landed an exploratory rover on the moon in December 2020 and one on Mars in May, 2021. Helen Regan And Yong Xiong, CNN, 4 June 2022 After pushing in all sorts of exploratory directions over subsequent decades, the band reset its sound in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 28 May 2022 The photo shows a mounting layer of Martian dust that’s engulfing its solar panels, forcing the robot to end its exploratory mission. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 May 2022 But due to its dissociative and hallucinogenic effects, it’s been lumped in with other exploratory psychedelic research in the mental health space. Nikesha Elise Williams, SELF, 25 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of exploratory

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Exploratory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exploratory. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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ex·​plor·​ato·​ry | \ ik-ˈsplōr-ə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˈsplȯr-, -ˌtȯr- How to pronounce exploratory (audio) \

Medical Definition of exploratory

: of, relating to, or being exploration exploratory surgery


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