Investigative vs. Investigatory - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Investigative (adjective)

    Of or pertaining to investigation

  • Investigative (adjective)

    inquisitive; curious

  • Investigatory (adjective)

    Aimed at investigating; investigative.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Investigative (adjective)

    of or concerned with investigating something

    "a special investigative committee to look into the strikers' demands"

  • Investigative (adjective)

    (of journalism or a journalist) inquiring intensively into and seeking to expose malpractice, the miscarriage of justice, or other controversial issues.

Webster Dictionary

  • Investigative (adjective)

    Given to investigation; inquisitive; curious; searching.

  • Investigatory

    Of or pertaining to an investigation; accomplished by investigation; designed to find information or ascertain facts; as, investigatory committee; the investigatory excesses of the prosecutor.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Investigative (adjective)

    designed to find information or ascertain facts;

    "a fact-finding committee"

    "investigative reporting"

  • Investigatory (adjective)

    designed to find information or ascertain facts;

    "a fact-finding committee"

    "investigative reporting"

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