[syn: digressive, discursive, excursive, rambling]
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3 definitions retrieved:
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.
The power he [Shakespeare] delights to show is not
intense, but discursive. --Hazlitt.
A man rather tacit than discursive. --Carlyle.
2. Reasoning; proceeding from one ground to another, as in
Reason is her being,
Discursive or intuitive. --Milton.
-- Dis*cur"sive*ly, adv. -- Dis*cur"sive*ness, n.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
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