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Origin of excursive

1665–75; < Latin excurs(us) (see excursus) + -ive
Related formsex·cur·sive·ly, adverbex·cur·sive·ness, nounhy·per·ex·cur·sive, adjectivehy·per·ex·cur·sive·ly, adverbhy·per·ex·cur·sive·ness, nounun·ex·cur·sive, adjectiveun·ex·cur·sive·ly, adverb
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Related Words for excursive

desultory, digressive, indirect, rambling, verbose

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British Dictionary definitions for excursive


  1. tending to digress
  2. involving detours; rambling
Derived Formsexcursively, adverbexcursiveness, noun

Word Origin for excursive

C17: from Latin excursus, from excurrere to run forth
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