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discursive

[ dih-skur-siv ]
/ dɪˈskɜr sɪv /
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adjective

passing aimlessly from one subject to another; digressive; rambling.
proceeding by reasoning or argument rather than intuition.

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Origin of discursive

From the Medieval Latin word discursīvus, dating back to 1590–1600. See discourse, -ive

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British Dictionary definitions for discursive

discursive
/ (dɪˈskɜːsɪv) /

adjective

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

Derived forms of discursive

discursively, adverbdiscursiveness, noun

Word Origin for discursive

C16: from Medieval Latin discursīvus, from Late Latin discursus discourse
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