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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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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.
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.
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.
9,10 The TMD's may present as joint sounds which may be painful, limitation and/or deviation in jaw opening, protrusion and lateral excursive moments, as well as orofacial pain.
Using T-scan and EMG, the tooth contact sequence, changing occlusal forces, and fluctuating muscle activity levels of the temporalis and masseter muscle were recorded from an intercuspation followed by excursive movements till the muscle shutdown occurred.
7) These compensatory positions of teeth can create occlusal alterations, seen as an accentuated curve of Wilson, interference in excursive movements, and a poor distribution of occlusal forces along the longitudinal axis of the tooth, (5) that in the long run can become a risk factor and trigger periodontal alterations, such as gingival recessions and loss of vestibular bone height.
Through a modest improve excursive, most of the professionals and especially teachers in the university can improve their health and quality of their life style.
Detailed occlusal analysis revealed heavier maximal intercuspal contact (Ml) on some posterior teeth and minor working and non-working posterior interference during excursive movements.
Long and short duration excursive behaviors undoubtedly influence these processes.
Like the table talk it aspires to, the essayistic style of Meyer's interlinked stanzas is both compact and excursive, diffuse.