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digressive

[dih-gres-iv, dahy-] /dɪˈgrɛs ɪv, daɪ-/
adjective
1.
tending to digress; departing from the main subject.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Latin dīgressīvus. See digress, -ive
Related forms
digressively, adverb
digressiveness, noun
undigressive, adjective
undigressively, adverb
undigressiveness, noun
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Examples for digressive
  • They can be digressive, focus on context rather than entertainment, and tell small stories with diffident characters.
  • Their shape was an essential part of their unfolding argument, which was often wittily digressive.
  • But even so the resulting book is too long, and too digressive.
  • Hiding in this long-winded and digressive book are some important thoughts about the changing nature of warfare and the state.
  • He is relentlessly discursive, his asides convincingly sounding as if they are being whispered along a bench, and digressive too.
  • What's important is the casual, even digressive, movement of the piece.
  • For digressive topics, ask the participant to hold comments for later in the discussion.
  • His speech was digressive but his capacity for logical thought processes was not grossly disturbed.
  • His speech was vague, digressive, and guarded with marked latency of response and cognitive slowing but no derailment of thought.
  • And when the movie takes a digressive tour of an enormous mortuary, the metaphor seems pushy.
British Dictionary definitions for digressive

digressive

/daɪˈɡrɛsɪv/
adjective
1.
characterized by digression or tending to digress
Derived Forms
digressively, adverb
digressiveness, noun
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