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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.
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1. tending to digress
2. involving detours; rambling
[C17: from Latin excursus, from excurrere to run forth]
exˈcursively adv
exˈcursiveness n
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(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.
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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"
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Marked by or given to digression:
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References in classic literature ?
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.
With the orthodontic treatment accomplished, the correct relationship of the molars and canines was achieved, as well as the correct canine and incisor guides in excursive movements of the jaw, with appropriate horizontal and vertical overlap.
I will, however, begin my critique of the book by asking why, given the excursive as well as inclusive pedagogies informing this unique transcontinental collaboration, do we end up discussing (again) "The Daffodils" and Derrida, Beckett, Arnold, Tagore and Wallace Stevens, Sanskrit literary theory and Chinese classics, not undiscovered or non-credentialised authors, texts, and literary milieu?
Ideally, in picaresque fiction, the resourceful hero's attributes, those suited to navigating the margins of society, will seem to determine the genre's form: episodic, restless, excursive rather than recursive, full of incidental portraits, uninterested in quest, advancing by encounter, forgoing closure.
The clinical signs were assessed using the RDC/TMD criteria, including pain on palpation, mandibular range of motion (mm), associated pain (jaw opening pattern, unassisted opening, maximum assisted opening, mandibular excursive, and protrusive movements), sounds coming from the TMJ, and tenderness induced by muscle and joint palpation.
After luting, the occlusion was verified to avoid both interferences during excursive (protrusive and lateral) jaw movements and prematurities at maximum intercuspation.
Excursive movement to the right side was 2.2 mm in the presurgical period and was 1.5 mm after surgery, for a decrease of 31.8%.
These factors include genetics, stress, changes in dental occlusion, muscular dysfunction and systemic conditions which may manifest in the temporomandibular joint.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.11 As TMD's may present in a variety of ways, several instruments are used to quantify its severity so that appropriate therapy can be initiated.