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[ik-skur-siv] /ɪkˈskɜr sɪv/
given to making excursions in speech, thought, etc.; wandering; digressive.
of the nature of such excursions; rambling; desultory:
excursive conversation.
Origin of excursive
1665-75; < Latin excurs(us) (see excursus) + -ive
Related forms
excursively, adverb
excursiveness, noun
hyperexcursive, adjective
hyperexcursively, adverb
hyperexcursiveness, noun
unexcursive, adjective
unexcursively, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for excursive
Historical Examples
  • This may be a typographic error for either exclusive or excursive.

    The Key to Yesterday

    Charles Neville Buck
  • Another most important corollary of this excursive theory must just be mentioned here.

  • This hint, here thrown out as an additional argument for the excursive theory, will fall to be developed later on.

  • How much of consciousness, if any, may be felt at the point where the excursive phantasm is seen, we cannot say.

  • The great English writers have written with a free hand, prolific, excursive, diffuse.

    Emerson and Other Essays John Jay Chapman
  • With him she would have the free and useful, the amusing and excursive life of an American woman married to a man of wealth.

    The Precipice Elia Wilkinson Peattie
  • At the concluding word, Mrs. Chump was no longer sustained by her excursive fancy.

    Sandra Belloni, Complete George Meredith
  • But the argument is one of too grave, too intricate, and excursive a character, to be attempted here.

    Charlemont W. Gilmore Simms
  • Endowed, probably, with but slender imagination, he found little charm or flavor in excursive abstractions.

    Calvert and Penn Brantz Mayer
  • This excursive disposition does not narrow his enjoyment of what is best in town life.

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    E. F. (Edward Francis) Harkins
British Dictionary definitions for excursive


tending to digress
involving detours; rambling
Derived Forms
excursively, adverb
excursiveness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin excursus, from excurrere to run forth
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