from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of or pertaining to discourse or reasoning
  • adj. discursive

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Reasoning; characterized by reasoning; passing from premises to consequences; discursive.
  • adj. Containing dialogue or conversation; interlocutory.
  • adj. Inclined to converse; conversable; communicative.
  • n. The state or quality of being discoursive or able to reason.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Discursive.
  • Containing dialogue or conversation; interlocutory.
  • Conversable; communicative.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • We (including Clifford) wanted something that reflected our identity as scientists, but would attract and intrigue non-scientists as well, as we have always hoped to cast our discoursive net more widely than our particular disciplines.

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  • People, who actually know something about the subject, on the other hand, tend to be cautious and discoursive.

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  • The definition of “gender” that gets used most in transgender discoursive contexts is more concerned with things like clothing, hair style, body language, voice, etc.

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  • I therefore interpretted the rest of your post as asserting that the reasoning described was the motivation of “People who raise the subject”, hence my repeated reference to Antifeminists and MRAs who represent the dominant discoursive framework of those people.

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  • It looks like an attempt to stack the discoursive deck.

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  • You stacked the discoursive deck, by choosing as your specific examples of violence, just those which victimise women more/worse than men.

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  • But there is a great many discoursive structures, a lot of semantics and pragmatics, that are not learned until much later, even in monolinguals. MULTILINGUAL KID.

  • To morrow morning, in the fresh and gentle breath thereof, we will rise and walke to such places, as every one shall finde fittest for them, even as already this day we have done; untill due time shall summon us hither againe, to continue our discoursive

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  • Gentleman (a Courtier of ready wit, and discoursive in Languages) came to Geneway, being named Guillaume Boursier.

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  • The number of individuals is infinite; the generic or specific nature of all being is a unit, or to be apprehended as one only thing; from this one conception we give the genuine measures of all existence, and therefore we affirm that a certain class of beings are rational and discoursive.

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