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Of, given to, characterized by, or having the nature of digression.
1. tending to digress
2. involving detours; rambling
[C17: from Latin excursus, from excurrere to run forth]
1. given to making excursions in speech, thought, etc.; wandering; digressive.
2. of the nature of such excursions; rambling; desultory: excursive conversation.
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|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"