Definition of discursive
1a : moving from topic to topic without order : rambling <gave a discursive lecture> <discursive prose>b : 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>
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.
Origin and Etymology of discursive
Medieval Latin discursivus, from Latin discursus, past participle of discurrere to run about — more at discourse
First Known Use: 1595
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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