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DISCURSIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does discursive mean? 

DISCURSIVE (adjective)
  The adjective DISCURSIVE has 2 senses:

1. proceeding to a conclusion by reason or argument rather than intuition
2. (of e.g. speech and writing) tending to depart from the main point or cover a wide range of subjects

  Familiarity information: DISCURSIVE used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


DISCURSIVE (adjective)


Sense 1discursive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Proceeding to a conclusion by reason or argument rather than intuition

Synonyms:

dianoetic; discursive

Similar:

logical (capable of or reflecting the capability for correct and valid reasoning)

Domain category:

philosophy (the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics)


Sense 2discursive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of e.g. speech and writing) tending to depart from the main point or cover a wide range of subjects

Synonyms:

excursive; rambling; digressive; discursive

Context examples:

amusingly digressive with satirical thrusts at women's fashions among other things / a rambling discursive book / his excursive remarks / a rambling speech about this and that

Similar:

indirect (extended senses; not direct in manner or language or behavior or action)


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