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investigative

adjective uk   /ɪnˈves.tɪ.ɡə.tɪv/ us    /-t̬ɪv/ (formal investigatory,   /ɪnˈves.tɪ.ɡə.tər.i/    /-tɔːr-/)
intended to examine a situation in order to discover the truth: Children are encouraged to take an investigative approach to learning. the investigatory panelAnalysing and evaluatingAssessing and estimating value
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