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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Dorman, a sometimes digressive storyteller with a redeeming knack for keeping one amused and amazed, is a historian at the University of Nevada, Reno. Julian Lucas, Harper's Magazine, "New Books," 30 Mar. 2020 The remarks as delivered don’t seem too far off from one of Trump’s digressive riffs. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Impeachment Trial Isn’t a Legal Process. It’s a Proxy War.," 29 Jan. 2020 Massaro glides smoothly through the rather disjointed and digressive script, finding fluidity in its strung-together observations of the human condition. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Review: Its star shines as Playhouse on Park nails the spirit of ’Santaland Diaries’," 11 Dec. 2019 The language is rough-hewn, profane and digressive, reflecting an attitude of cynicism and contempt toward authority of every kind. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Larry Heinemann, novelist who explored ghosts of Vietnam, dies at 75," 22 Dec. 2019 The richly digressive plot defies easy recapitulation, but a dream cast evokes our fascination and compassion, never reducing the characters to obvious villainy, or conversely, tin-plaster saintliness. Matt Cooper, Los Angeles Times, "Theater in L.A. this week: Mike Birbiglia, ‘Department of Dreams’ and more," 16 Oct. 2019 Just as Babitz introduced her slender 1977 masterpiece Slow Days, Fast Company as an effort to seduce not the reader but a disinterested boyfriend, so Anolik announces this book as her own wayward, digressive romance. Lidija Haas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 10 Jan. 2019 Much of it is donnish intellectual history, full of interesting but digressive discussions. Jeffrey Collins, WSJ, "‘Power, Pleasure, and Profit’ Review: Self-Mastery Versus Self-Interest," 5 Oct. 2018 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

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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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“Digressive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/digressive. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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