- passing aimlessly from one subject to another; digressive; rambling.
- proceeding by reasoning or argument rather than intuition.
Origin of discursive
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1. wandering, long-winded, prolix.
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Examples from the Web for discursive
The old lady began to seem to him a thought too discursive, if not hilarious.Tiverton Tales
The utterance of that name seemed to recall her from the discursive babble.The Daltons, Volume I (of II)
Charles James Lever
With one such illustration we conclude this discursive fragment.
For the author's mind is, in the best sense of the word, a discursive one.
Maldonado was double-handed, either syllogistic or discursive.Loyola and the Educational System of the Jesuits
- passing from one topic to another, usually in an unmethodical way; digressive
- philosophy of or relating to knowledge obtained by reason and argument rather than intuitionCompare dianoetic
C16: from Medieval Latin discursīvus, from Late Latin discursus discourse
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Word Origin and History for discursive
1590s, from Middle French discursif, from Medieval Latin discursivus, from Latin discursus "a running about" (see discourse). Related: Discursively.
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