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  • (of speech or writing) tending to digress from the main point; rambling
  • (philosophy) using reason and argument rather than intuition
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia



Dis*cur"sive (?), a. [Cf. F. discursif. See Discourse, and cf. Discoursive.] 1. Passing from one thing to another; ranging over a wide field; roving; digressive; desultory. "Discursive notices." De Quincey.

The power he [Shakespeare] delights to show is not intense, but discursive.
Hazlitt.

A man rather tacit than discursive.
Carlyle.

2. Reasoning; proceeding from one ground to another, as in reasoning; argumentative.

Reason is her being,
Discursive or intuitive.
Milton.

-- Dis*cur"sive*ly, adv. -- Dis*cur"sive*ness, n.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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