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 In his distinctively lively, digressive style, Dyer offers the reader a provocative, sometimes zany guidebook to more than 40 modern (1900-present) photographers and their work. Tom Zelman, Star Tribune, "Review: 'See/Saw: Looking at Photographs,' by Geoff Dyer," 30 Apr. 2021 The latter is the work of an architect raising a monument skyward on a foundation of physical and psychological observation, while the former reads like a fable: digressive, improbable, and enthralling. Colin Asher, The New Republic, "When Richard Wright Broke With the Communists," 19 Apr. 2021 Yet Watts’s elastic, digressive narrative shows that literary realism can adapt to these new exigencies—and that little may remain improbable to us now. Regina Marler, The New York Review of Books, "The Emergency Everywhere," 9 Mar. 2021 The World in a Selfie is digressive, the chapters like a series of meditations that touch on various aspects of travel and tourism. Sophie Haigney, The New Republic, "Are We Ready for the Return of Mass Tourism?," 9 Mar. 2021 That makes the digressive moments of quirkiness between Perkins and Giedroyc, like Fran and Jamie debating which Lion King characters are the hottest, feel all the more winsome — and insufficient in number. Inkoo Kang, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Hitmen': TV Review," 4 Aug. 2020 Even with a week to come up with more a TV-friendly goal or two, Trump's answer was similarly digressive. TheWeek, "Trump's 2nd-term agenda answer to Sean Hannity wasn't great. Eric Bolling optimistically offered him a 'retake.'," 2 July 2020 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

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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 13 May. 2021.

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