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I disagree with all previous one.
It can be planed and documented. It is even recomended that you do some informal plan and documentation. See book Exploratory Software Testing by James A. Whittaker.
Also you can use it even when you have hundreds of pages about the system and requirements are clear, so the other definitions are not correct either.
Exploratory testing is simultaneous learning, test design and test execution. You use your intuition and you choose your next test based on what you notice during the previous one.It is the testing in the most basic, fun and creative way.
For formal definition I would use the one from ISTBQ glossary:
"Exploratory testing: An informal test design technique where the tester actively controls thedesign of the tests as those tests are performed and uses information gained while testing todesign new and better tests."
This is based on James Bach: Exploratory Testing, in: E. van Veenendaal, The Testing Practitioner –2nd edition, UTN Publishing, 2004, ISBN 90-72194-65-9.
The Black Box Testing Technique which is performed without planing and documentation.
Correct me if any???
Its a type of testing where the tester does not have the full information about the functionality to be tested.
Tester simultaneously "explores" the system while working on test design/ execution.
Exploratory Testing is performed to explore the functionality when the requirements are not clear
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