- 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 discursiveness
Yet this discursiveness is not so irrelevant to the handful of pages which follow.Notes on My Books
Two other stories were used by the speaker, about the length and discursiveness of his talk.Toasts
The nature of my studies—and the pre kept me rigidly to the desk—offered little to the discursiveness of fancy.Maurice Tiernay Soldier of Fortune
Charles James Lever
His works are full of graceful and suggestive thought, but occasionally suffer from length and discursiveness.A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature
John W. Cousin
With the vigilance of a ratting terrier he watches for discursiveness, and pounces upon the offender at once.England
- 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 discursiveness
1590s, from Middle French discursif, from Medieval Latin discursivus, from Latin discursus "a running about" (see discourse). Related: Discursively.
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