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ADJECTIVE (2)

1. proceeding to a conclusion by reason or argument rather than intuition;
[syn: dianoetic, discursive]

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


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

discursive adj 1: proceeding to a conclusion by reason or argument rather than intuition [syn: dianoetic, discursive] 2: (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]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

117 Moby Thesaurus words for "discursive": O-shaped, a fortiori, a posteriori, a priori, aberrant, aberrative, aimless, ambagious, analytic, backhanded, bright, by the way, categorical, circuitous, circular, circumforaneous, conceptive, conceptual, conditional, deductive, departing, desultory, deviant, deviating, deviative, deviatory, devious, dialectic, diffuse, digressing, digressive, divagatory, drifting, enthymematic, epagogic, episodic, errant, erratic, excursive, flitting, floating, footloose, footloose and fancy-free, fugitive, gadding, gypsy-like, gypsyish, helical, hypothetical, ideational, indirect, inductive, inferential, intellectual, intelligent, knowing, labyrinthine, landloping, long-winded, loose, maieutic, maundering, mazy, meandering, migrational, migratory, noetic, nomad, nomadic, not so dumb, oblique, orbital, out-of-the-way, planetary, prolix, rambling, ranging, rational, reasonable, roaming, rotary, round, roundabout, roving, sane, sensible, serpentine, shifting, snaky, sophic, soritical, spiral, straggling, stray, straying, strolling, strong-minded, swerving, syllogistic, synthetic, traipsing, transient, transitory, transmigratory, turning, twisting, understanding, undirected, vagabond, vagrant, veering, verbose, wandering, winding, windy, wordy, zigzag