'Discursive' definitions:

Definition of 'discursive'

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Proceeding to a conclusion by reason or argument rather than intuition [syn: dianoetic, discursive]
(of e.g. speech and writing) tending to depart from the main point or cover a wide range of subjects; "amusingly digressive with satirical thrusts at women's fashions among other things"; "a rambling discursive book"; "his excursive remarks"; "a rambling speech about this and that" [syn: digressive, discursive, excursive, rambling]

Definition of 'Discursive'

  • Discursive \Dis*cur"sive\, a. [Cf. F. discursif. See Discourse, and cf. Discoursive.]
  • 1. Passing from one thing to another; ranging over a wide field; roving; digressive; desultory. "Discursive notices." --De Quincey. [1913 Webster]
  • The power he [Shakespeare] delights to show is not intense, but discursive. --Hazlitt. [1913 Webster]
  • A man rather tacit than discursive. --Carlyle. [1913 Webster]
  • 2. Reasoning; proceeding from one ground to another, as in reasoning; argumentative. [1913 Webster]
  • Reason is her being, Discursive or intuitive. --Milton. -- {Dis*cur"sive*ly}, adv. -- {Dis*cur"sive*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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