di·​gres·​sive | \ -ˈgre-siv How to pronounce digressive (audio) \

Definition of digressive

: characterized by digressions a digressive talk

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Other Words from digressive

digressively adverb
digressiveness noun

Examples of digressive in a Sentence

a digressive lecture on current events around the world

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By Francesca Lidia Viano Harvard, 577 pages, $35 In her fascinating, digressive and relentlessly inquisitive study, Ms. Viano, an Italian historian, demonstrates that the statue is mysterious and full of surprises. Michael O’donnell, WSJ, "‘Sentinel’ Review: The New Colossus," 9 Nov. 2018 The book is a slim, digressive mystery, in which veteran journalists swap anecdotes about the bizarre case of a corpse that had no business turning up in their town. Noel Murray, The Verge, "Castle Rock is the perfect excuse to start watching Haven on Netflix," 27 July 2018 And this haphazard collection of setups, stunts and gags has that same scattershot, digressive energy. Ann Hornaday, kansascity, "A game cast makes good-natured ‘Tag’ a fun time," 14 June 2018 The dialogue teems with discussions of Rimbaud, Walt Whitman, W.H. Auden and Christopher Isherwood, and Honoré's intellectually capacious script doesn't treat these references as digressive or ornamental. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Cannes: Passion and politics merge in the exquisite doomed romances of 'Ash Is Purest White,' 'Cold War'," 13 May 2018 If, occasionally, going down the rabbit hole with Hazel seems digressive, that is all right. Bethanne Patrick, Philly.com, "'Isaac Severy': Hilarious novel about family, death, madness - and math," 4 Apr. 2018 Sporting shoulder-length hair and decked out in a moss green velvet blazer, gingham shirt, and skinny tie, Anderson comes across as unassuming and digressive. Christopher Wallenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Isle of Dogs’ tells you everything you need to know about Wes Anderson’s faith in humanity.," 22 Mar. 2018 This brilliant but digressive opera was treated to a brilliant but discursive production directed by Daniel Fish. David Patrick Stearns, Philly.com, "Leonard Bernstein's oddball opera 'A Quiet Place' improves in Curtis staging, but it ain't there yet," 8 Mar. 2018 The Greenland shark is the totemic protagonist of Norwegian journalist Strøksnes’ prime, digressive entertainment. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Best of 2017: 100 recommended books," 20 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of digressive

circa 1611, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of digressive was circa 1611

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