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English definition of “investigative”

investigative

adjective     /ɪnˈves.tɪ.ɡə.tɪv/ US  /-t̬ɪv/ (formal investigatory,   /ɪnˈves.tɪ.ɡə.tər.i/   US  /-tɔːr-/)
intended to examine a situation in order to discover the truth : Children are encouraged to take an investigative approach to learning . the investigatory panel Analysing and evaluatingAssessing and estimating value
(Definition of investigative adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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