discursive discursive  /dɪs ˈkɜr sɪv/


  1. (adj) proceeding to a conclusion by reason or argument rather than intuition
  2. (adj) (of e.g. speech and writing) tending to depart from the main point or cover a wide range of subjects


  1. In some cases it is better to be discursive in your decision making rather than just trusting your gut.
  2. Although at times labored and discursive, the book mostly makes engrossing reading.


  • 'Barbecue Crossroads': To really understand barbecue

    Barbecue – and by that I mean real barbecue, meat cooked long and slow near (not over) a smoldering fire, until it is tender enough to fall to pieces but still moist enough to be delicious – is a discursive art. It takes as much time as it takes, and things will happen, some of them planned, and there will be ample opportunity in between for conversation, music and philosophy.
    on June 26, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Times


  1. In answer to a question from Doris of Lake Wylie, SC, Kornblut wrote that Obama gave a 17-minute response that lulled "the crowd into a daze" as "his discursive answer - more than 2,500 words long - wandered from topic to topic."
    on Apr 5, 2010 By: Anne Kornblut Source: San Francisco Chronicle

  2. Describing the pieces collected in Facts Are Subversive, Timothy Garton Ash writes: "I conceive these mini-essays as an English version of the journalistic genre known as a feuilleton; a discursive, personal exploration of a theme, often...
    on Jul 16, 2009 By: Timothy Garton Ash Source: New Statesman

  3. This is writing of extraordinary syntactic control, and it is characteristic of what Eggers describes as Wallace's "dense, discursive, and insanely detailed style".
    on Nov 27, 2008 By: Dave Eggers Source: New Statesman

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