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English definition of “investigative”

investigative

adjective
 
 
/ɪnˈvestɪɡətɪv/ US   /ɪnˈvestɪɡeɪtɪv/ LAW
relating to the discovery of information about something, especially something that may be illegal: Allowing a trade association representative to have access to the investigative information would be problematic. The Attorney General announced an investigative inquiry into the organization. an investigative agency/body/committee
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