I (analytical) adjective a fortiori, a posteriori, a priori, analytic, argumentative, deductive, dialectic, disquisitional, epagogic, inductive, inferential, interpretative, logical, ratiocinative, ratiocinatory, rational, rationalistic, reasoning II (digressive) adjective aimless, circuitous, desultory, deviating, deviative, devious, disconnected, drifting, errant, indirect, meandering, rambling, random, ranging, roaming, roundabout, roving, shifting, straying, undirected, unsystematic, vagus, varius, wandering III index circuitous, comprehensive, desultory, forensic, profuse, prolix, shifting, voluble

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  • discursive — 1590s, from M.Fr. discursif, from M.L. discursivus, from L. discursus a running about (see DISCOURSE (Cf. discourse)). Related: Discursively …   Etymology dictionary

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  • discursive — ► ADJECTIVE 1) digressing from subject to subject. 2) relating to discourse or modes of discourse. DERIVATIVES discursively adverb discursiveness noun. ORIGIN Latin discursivus, from discurrere (see DISCOURSE(Cf. ↑d …   English terms dictionary

  • discursive — [di skʉr′siv] adj. [ML discursivus < L discursus: see DISCOURSE] 1. wandering from one topic to another; skimming over many apparently unconnected subjects; rambling; desultory; digressive 2. based on the conscious use of reasoning rather than …   English World dictionary

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  • discursive — [[t]dɪskɜ͟ː(r)sɪv[/t]] ADJ GRADED If a style of writing is discursive, it includes a lot of facts or opinions that are not necessarily relevant. [FORMAL] ...a livelier, more candid and more discursive treatment of the subject …   English dictionary

  • discursive — adjective 1) dull, discursive prose Syn: rambling, digressive, meandering, wandering, maundering, diffuse, long, lengthy, wordy, verbose, long winded, prolix; circuitous, roundabout, circumlocutory; informal waffly A …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • discursive — adjective Etymology: Medieval Latin discursivus, from Latin discursus, past participle of discurrere to run about more at discourse Date: 1598 1. a. moving from topic to topic without order ; rambling b. proceeding coherently …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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