Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Disjunctive; noting separation or opposition: as, a discretive proposition. See below.
  • 2. Separate; distinct.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Marking distinction or separation; disjunctive.
  • adjective (Logic & Gram.) one that expresses distinction, opposition, or variety, by means of discretive particles, as but, though, yet, etc.; as, travelers change their climate, but not their temper.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Marking distinction or separation; disjunctive.

Etymologies

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Latin discretivus. See discrete.

Examples

  • To these, I doubt not, might be added a great many other significations of this particle, if it were my business to examine it in its full latitude, and consider it in all the places it is to be found: which if one should do, I doubt whether in all those manners it is made use of, it would deserve the title of discretive, which grammarians give to it.

    An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

  • “But” is a particle, none more familiar in our language: and he that says it is a discretive conjunction, and that it answers to sed Latin, or mais in French, thinks he has sufficiently explained it.

    An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

  • "But" is a particle, none more familiar in our language: and he that says it is a discretive conjunction, and that it answers to sed Latin, or mais in French, thinks he has sufficiently explained it.

    God, Aids & Circumcision

  • _On the contrary, _ Dionysius says (Eccl.Hier. v): "The order of pontiffs is consummative and perfecting, that of the priests is illuminative and light-giving, that of the ministers is cleansing and discretive."

    Summa Theologica, Part II-II (Secunda Secundae) Translated by Fathers of the English Dominican Province

  • [9] Hooker, as may be discerned from the epithet of arch-philosopher applied to the Stagyrite, 'sensu monarchico', was of the latter family, -- a comprehensive, vigorous, discreet, and discretive conceptualist, -- but not an ideist.

    The Literary Remains of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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