- passing aimlessly from one subject to another; digressive; rambling.
- proceeding by reasoning or argument rather than intuition.
Origin of discursive
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Related Words for discursivedeviating, digressive, erratic, excursive, long-winded, meandering, prolix, roaming, roving, wandering
Examples from the Web for discursive
Historical Examples of discursive
The old lady began to seem to him a thought too discursive, if not hilarious.Tiverton Tales
The utterance of that name seemed to recall her from the discursive babble.The Daltons, Volume I (of II)
Charles James Lever
With one such illustration we conclude this discursive fragment.
For the author's mind is, in the best sense of the word, a discursive one.
Maldonado was double-handed, either syllogistic or discursive.Loyola and the Educational System of the Jesuits
- 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
Word Origin for discursive
1590s, from Middle French discursif, from Medieval Latin discursivus, from Latin discursus "a running about" (see discourse). Related: Discursively.