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

Definition of digressive

: characterized by digressions a digressive talk

Other Words from digressive

digressively adverb
digressiveness noun

Examples of digressive in a Sentence

a digressive lecture on current events around the world
Recent Examples on the Web Her novel is digressive without feeling showy, sombre yet never maudlin. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, 29 Apr. 2022 Through all of this, Carmichael’s in complete control of his digressive mind. New York Times, 19 Apr. 2022 Its narrator is typical and its digressive structure representative. Jonathan Russell Clark, Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2022 Both direct and digressive, Heti overlays ethical arguments on the narrative of Mira’s life, which is less interesting than the aims of this book. Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2022 The narrator, erudite and engagingly digressive, likens the Lydis effort to Alexander Gilchrist’s biography of William Blake, and recounts the exploits of an apparently fictional medium named Rogelio Nori. Claire Messud, Harper’s Magazine , 16 Feb. 2022 Once Elon settles into the retreat center, the novel changes gears, becomes more digressive and slips into a pattern. John Hildebrand, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 Jan. 2022 Where the letters in the book are searching and digressive, written without expectation of an answer, the interview is a formal, real-time exchange. Kamran Javadizadeh, The New Yorker, 8 Nov. 2021 Both are narrowly focused, idiosyncratic and wonderfully digressive. Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of digressive

circa 1611, in the meaning defined above

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“Digressive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/digressive. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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