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discursive

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adjective dis·cur·sive \dis-ˈkər-siv\

Simple Definition of discursive

  • : talking or writing about many different things in a way that is not highly organized

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of discursive

  1. 1 a :  moving from topic to topic without order :  rambling b :  proceeding coherently from topic to topic

  2. 2 :  marked by analytical reasoning

  3. 3 :  of or relating to discourse <discursive practices>

discursively

adverb

discursiveness

noun

Examples of discursive in a sentence

  1. <the speaker's discursive style made it difficult to understand his point>



Did You Know?

The Latin verb discurrere meant "to run about", and from this word we get our word discursive, which often means rambling about over a wide range of topics. A discursive writing style generally isn't encouraged by writing teachers. But some of the great 19th-century writers, such as Charles Lamb and Thomas de Quincey, show that the discursive essay, especially when gracefully written and somewhat personal in tone, can be a pleasure to read. And the man often called the inventor of the essay, the great Michel de Montaigne, might touch on dozens of different topics in the course of a long discursive essay.

Origin and Etymology of discursive

Medieval Latin discursivus, from Latin discursus, past participle of discurrere to run about — more at discourse


First Known Use: 1598



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