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  1. given to making excursions in speech, thought, etc.; wandering; digressive.
  2. of the nature of such excursions; rambling; desultory: excursive conversation.
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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

Examples from the Web for excursive

Historical Examples of excursive

  • This may be a typographic error for either exclusive or excursive.

    The Key to Yesterday

    Charles Neville Buck

  • This hint, here thrown out as an additional argument for the excursive theory, will fall to be developed later on.

  • Another most important corollary of this excursive theory must just be mentioned here.

  • How much of consciousness, if any, may be felt at the point where the excursive phantasm is seen, we cannot say.

  • The great English writers have written with a free hand, prolific, excursive, diffuse.

    Emerson and Other Essays

    John Jay Chapman

British Dictionary definitions for excursive


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

Word Origin for excursive

C17: from Latin excursus, from excurrere to run forth
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