1. [ adjective ] (philosophy) proceeding to a conclusion by reason or argument rather than intuition
Synonyms: dianoetic
Related terms: philosophy logical
2. [ adjective ] (of e.g. speech and writing) tending to depart from the main point or cover a wide range of subjects
Synonyms: excursive rambling digressive

"amusingly digressive with satirical thrusts at women's fashions" "a rambling discursive book" "his excursive remarks" "a rambling speech"

Related terms: indirect
Similar spelling:   discursively