- The definition of discursive refers to writing or discussions that ramble from subject to subject, or to stories that have a lot of embellishment and detail.
- An example of discursive is an essay by a fourth grader that doesn't have good transitions.
- An example of discursive is a novel with an excessive amount of character and scenic development.
discursive definition by Webster's New World
- wandering from one topic to another; skimming over many apparently unconnected subjects; rambling; desultory; digressive
- based on the conscious use of reasoning rather than on intuition
Origin: Midieval Latin discursivus ; from Classical Latin discursus: see discourse
discursive definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Covering a wide field of subjects; rambling.
- Proceeding to a conclusion through reason rather than intuition.
Origin: Medieval Latin discursīvus, from Latin discursus, running about; see discourse.
- dis·curˈsive·ly adverb
- dis·curˈsive·ness noun