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discursive adj
1 proceeding to a conclusion by reason or argument rather than intuition [syn: dianoetic]
2 (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" [syn: digressive, excursive, rambling]

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  1. In the context of "of speech or writing": Tending to digress from the main point; rambling.
  2. Using reason and argument rather than intuition.


using reason and argument rather than intuition
  • Dutch: redenerend

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