Discursive Dis*cur"sive, a. [Cf. F. discursif. See {Discourse}, and cf. {Discoursive}.] 1. Passing from one thing to another; ranging over a wide field; roving; digressive; desultory. ``Discursive notices.'' --De Quincey. [1913 Webster]

The power he [Shakespeare] delights to show is not intense, but discursive. --Hazlitt. [1913 Webster]

A man rather tacit than discursive. --Carlyle. [1913 Webster]

2. Reasoning; proceeding from one ground to another, as in reasoning; argumentative. [1913 Webster]

Reason is her being, Discursive or intuitive. --Milton. -- {Dis*cur"sive*ly}, adv. -- {Dis*cur"sive*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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