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Monday, August 03, 2009

Definitions for desultory

  1. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.
  2. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.

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Citations for desultory
"It strikes me," said Marion, rising, "that this sort of desultory conversation on a matter of such importance is, to say the least, inconvenient…" Charles Lever, The Bramleighs of Bishop's Folly, 1868
This introduction of a comprehensive purpose in gathering contributions that otherwise might be disconnected and desultory is an idea well worth transplanting wherever admissible. George Iles, "Success with Scientific and Other Meetings," The Popular Science Monthly, August, 1893
Origin of desultory
Desultory finds its roots in the Latin word dēsultor, a term referring to a circus rider who jumps from one horse to another. It entered English in the mid-1500s.