Definition of discursive
1a : moving from topic to topic without order : rambling gave a discursive lecture discursive proseb : proceeding coherently from topic to topic
2 philosophy : marked by a method of resolving complex expressions into simpler or more basic ones : marked by analytical reasoning
3 : of or relating to discourse discursive practices
Examples of discursive in a Sentence
the speaker's discursive style made it difficult to understand his point
Recent Examples of discursive from the Web
Grabner stressed how this piece focuses on integration and has a discursive nature, as opposed to its symbolic lion counterpart in front of the Art Institute.
An investigation among the attendees grants Mr. Andò the opportunity to pursue pithy, discursive exchanges about power, austerity and capitalism amid high-end accommodations and a tasteful classical soundtrack.
The story is all over the place, and is way too messy to be anything but true — Nanjiani wrote it with Gordon (now his wife), and made it with producer Judd Apatow, whose movies are known for being long and cluttered and discursive.
Lillian’s death in 2015 seems to have been a primary catalyst for this garrulous and discursive memoir.
With A Field Guide to Getting Lost, in 2005, Solnit experimented with the textures of prose, in discursive, autobiographical writing.
The overall structure is smart (John Walter and Keith Fraase led the ace editorial team), but just as Garcia’s famously discursive guitar solos couldn’t all be brilliant, the film slips into uneven territory after a sharp first hour.
The online and offline participation of citizens has changed the discursive field in Iranian politics, regardless of the presence of reformists in power.
There’s no doubt about the fact that the state has less control of the discursive realm.
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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.
DISCURSIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of discursive for English Language Learners
: talking or writing about many different things in a way that is not highly organized
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