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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Middle French discursif, formed from the stem of Latin discursus and the suffix -if, and in part borrowed from Medieval Latin discursivus.

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discursive (comparative more discursive, superlative most discursive)

  1. (of speech or writing) Tending to digress from the main point; rambling.
    • 1992, Rudolf M. Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, page viii
      This means, at times, long and perhaps overly discursive discussions of other taxa.
  2. (philosophy) Using reason and argument rather than intuition.

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discursive

  1. feminine singular of discursif

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discursīve

  1. vocative masculine singular of discursīvus