- passing aimlessly from one subject to another; digressive; rambling.
- proceeding by reasoning or argument rather than intuition.
Origin of discursive
Synonyms for discursive
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- 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
C16: from Medieval Latin discursīvus, from Late Latin discursus discourse
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1590s, from Middle French discursif, from Medieval Latin discursivus, from Latin discursus "a running about" (see discourse). Related: Discursively.
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