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1. Covering a wide field of subjects; rambling.
2. Proceeding to a conclusion through reason rather than intuition.
[Medieval Latin discursīvus, from Latin discursus, running about; see discourse.]
1. passing from one topic to another, usually in an unmethodical way; digressive
2. (Philosophy) philosophy of or relating to knowledge obtained by reason and argument rather than intuition. Compare dianoetic
[C16: from Medieval Latin discursīvus, from Late Latin discursus discourse]
1. passing aimlessly from one subject to another; digressive; rambling.
2. proceeding by reasoning or argument rather than intuition.
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|Adj.||1.||discursive - proceeding to a conclusion by reason or argument rather than intuition|
philosophy - the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics
logical - capable of or reflecting the capability for correct and valid reasoning; "a logical mind"
|2.||discursive - (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"