Etymology
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exploration (n.)

"act of exploring, examination, or investigation," especially for the purpose of discovery and specifically of an unknown country or part of the earth, 1540s, from French exploration and directly from Latin explorationem (nominative exploratio) "an examination," noun of action from past-participle stem of explorare "investigate, examine" (see explore). Alternative explorement is from 1640s.

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Definitions of exploration

exploration (n.)
to travel for the purpose of discovery;
Synonyms: geographic expedition
exploration (n.)
a careful systematic search;
exploration (n.)
a systematic consideration;
he called for a careful exploration of the consequences
From wordnet.princeton.edu