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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Discursive  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  discursive 
  adj  1:  (philosophy)  proceeding  to  a  conclusion  by  reason  or 
  argument  rather  than  intuition  [syn:  {dianoetic}] 
  2:  (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"  [syn:  {digressive},  {excursive},  {rambling}] 




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