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  1. of, relating to, or like an essay, especially in style, format, or organization and often in reflecting a more personal approach than a treatise, thesis, or the like.
  2. resembling formal exposition.
  3. expository; discursive; explanatory.
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Origin of essayistic

First recorded in 1860–65; essay + -istic
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Historical Examples

  • In the instance of Beethoven the critical or essayistic side is limited.

    Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 4

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