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Pronunciation:  di'skursiv

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

DISCURSIVE is a 10 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: dianoetic, digressive, excursive, indirect, logical, rambling



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.
   -- {Dis*cur"sive*ly}, adv. -- {Dis*cur"sive*ness}, n.

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