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Of, given to, characterized by, or having the nature of digression.

ex·cur′sive·ly adv.
ex·cur′sive·ness n.


1. tending to digress
2. involving detours; rambling
[C17: from Latin excursus, from excurrere to run forth]
exˈcursively adv
exˈcursiveness n


(ɪkˈskɜr sɪv)

1. given to making excursions in speech, thought, etc.; wandering; digressive.
2. of the nature of such excursions; rambling; desultory: excursive conversation.
ex•cur′sive•ly, adv.
ex•cur′sive•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.excursive - (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"
indirect - extended senses; not direct in manner or language or behavior or action; "making indirect but legitimate inquiries"; "an indirect insult"; "doubtless they had some indirect purpose in mind"; "though his methods are indirect they are not dishonest"; "known as a shady indirect fellow"


Marked by or given to digression:
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In one of these excursive glances she perceived among a group of young men, the very he, who had given them a lecture on toothpick-cases at Gray's.
We are wandering, however, into excursive speculations, when our intention was merely to give an idea of the nature of the wilderness which Mr.
These savages, through whose mountain haunts the party would have to pass, were noted for daring and excursive habits, and great dexterity in horse stealing.
Her acquaintance among them was more widely extended, her visits to their humble dwellings were more frequent and excursive than they had ever been before.
Meek has a fine imagination, a lively fancy, an excursive thought, and a grace and force of expression which with proper pains-taking must assure him of the highest excellence in style.
Articulators are essential to testing the occlusion of almost every type of dental restoration and lab technicians have long used them, as well as their sense of touch, to assess whether a restoration will allow the patient to function with the correct amount of contact and excursive movements.
Science then Shall be a precious visitant; and then, And only then, be worthy of her name: For then her heart shall kindle; her dull eye, Dull and inanimate, no more shall hang Chained to its object in brute slavery; But taught with patient interest to watch The processes of things, and serve the cause Of order and distinctness, not for this Shall it forget that its most noble use, Its most illustrious province, must be found In furnishing clear guidance, a support Not treacherous, to the mind's excursive power.
9) Dorn returned to more immediate occasions when he was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer in 1997, leaving unfinished both "Languedoc Variorum" and his longer excursive poem called "Westward Haut" or "Hi Plane: A Saga of the Crossing.
Its excursive range, I think, issues from the question it set out to answer.
In many poems, Wordsworth shows how excursive walking is a labor of movement--"thoughtful, recollective, poetic work" (132).
Hazlitt's influence provides a further indication of the ways in which Stevenson's version of the peripatetic as a form of "social heresy" differs from Ruskin's excursive project.
The volume is prefaced by essays by Rabbis Ismar Schorsch, Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and Rabbi David Lieber, President Emeritus of the University of Judaism, and it is also graced with learned excursive essays at the end that explain and expound how and what the Torah means in our time.