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discursive

[dih-skur-siv] /dɪˈskɜr sɪv/
adjective
1.
passing aimlessly from one subject to another; digressive; rambling.
2.
proceeding by reasoning or argument rather than intuition.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Medieval Latin discursīvus. See discourse, -ive
Related forms
discursively, adverb
discursiveness, noun
nondiscursive, adjective
nondiscursively, adverb
nondiscursiveness, noun
Synonyms
1. wandering, long-winded, prolix.
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British Dictionary definitions for discursively

discursive

/dɪˈskɜːsɪv/
adjective
1.
passing from one topic to another, usually in an unmethodical way; digressive
2.
(philosophy) of or relating to knowledge obtained by reason and argument rather than intuition Compare dianoetic
Derived Forms
discursively, adverb
discursiveness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin discursīvus, from Late Latin discursusdiscourse
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Word Origin and History for discursively

discursive

adj.

1590s, from Middle French discursif, from Medieval Latin discursivus, from Latin discursus "a running about" (see discourse). Related: Discursively.

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