Definition of discursive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//dɪsˈkɜːsɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈkɜːrsɪv//
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(of a style of writing or speaking) moving from one point to another without any strict structure the discursive style of the novel Poetry is closer to music than to the more extended and discursive literary forms. The meetings were informal, discursive, even gossipy. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from medieval Latin discursivus, from Latin discurs-, literally ‘gone hastily to and fro’, from the verb discurrere, from dis- ‘away’ + currere ‘to run’.
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