passing aimlessly from one subject to another; digressive; rambling.
proceeding by reasoning or argument rather than intuition.
- dis·cur·sive·ly, adverb
- dis·cur·sive·ness, noun
- non·dis·cur·sive, adjective
- non·dis·cur·sive·ly, adverb
- non·dis·cur·sive·ness, noun
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How to use discursive in a sentence
Buterin, who gave two talks, has a discursive and often highly theoretical talking style, making it difficult to pull out specific and succinct theses from his speeches.Politicians Show Their Increasing Interest In Crypto at ETHDenver 2022 | Andrew R. Chow | February 24, 2022 | Time
“Conversational intelligence is the constellation of features and technologies that enable humans and machines to take turns exchanging language and work toward accomplishing a discursive goal,” says Bennett.Building customer relationships with conversational AI | Martha Leibs | March 29, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
The questions linger throughout this at times maddeningly discursive novel.
Now Intelligence possesses them by thought, a thought which is not discursive (but intuitive).Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 3 | Plotinos (Plotinus)
Yet the impulse to discursive commentary must be checked, for plucking flowers is a distraction from comparative botany.Vie de Bohme | Orlo Williams
The discursive faculty then becomes what our Shakespeare, with happy precision, calls "discourse of reason."Aids to Reflection | Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Who is more discursive than the Autocrat, the Czar of table-talkers; and whose productions are more charming or wiser?
The evidence of such principles is established by a long and discursive psychological discussion.The English Utilitarians, Volume I. | Leslie Stephen
British Dictionary definitions for discursive
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 intuition: Compare dianoetic
- discursively, adverb
- discursiveness, noun
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