from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Covering a wide field of subjects; rambling.
- adj. Proceeding to a conclusion through reason rather than intuition.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Tending to digress from the main point; rambling.
- adj. Using reason and argument rather than intuition.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Passing from one thing to another; ranging over a wide field; roving; digressive; desultory.
- adj. Reasoning; proceeding from one ground to another, as in reasoning; argumentative.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Relating to the understanding, or the active facility of knowing or of forming conclusions; ratiocinative: opposed to intuitive.
- Passing rapidly from one subject to another; desultory; rambling; digressional.
- Passing over an object, as in running the eye over the parts of a large object of vision.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. proceeding to a conclusion by reason or argument rather than intuition
- adj. (of e.g. speech and writing) tending to depart from the main point or cover a wide range of subjects
Medieval Latin discursīvus, from Latin discursus, running about; see discourse.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)