Need another word that means the same as “discursive”? Find 16 synonyms and 30 related words for “discursive” in this overview.
The synonyms of “Discursive” are: dianoetic, digressive, excursive, rambling, meandering, wandering, diffuse, long, lengthy, fluent, flowing, fluid, eloquent, articulate, elegant, expansive
Discursive as an Adjective
Definitions of "Discursive" as an adjective
According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, “discursive” as an adjective can have the following definitions:
- Relating to discourse or modes of discourse.
- Proceeding by argument or reasoning rather than by intuition.
- (of a style of speech or writing) fluent and expansive.
- Proceeding to a conclusion by reason or argument rather than intuition.
- (of e.g. speech and writing) tending to depart from the main point or cover a wide range of subjects.
- Digressing from subject to subject.
- Tending to depart from the main point or cover a wide range of subjects.
Synonyms of "Discursive" as an adjective (16 Words)
|articulate||Having or showing the ability to speak fluently and coherently.|
An articulate orator.
|dianoetic||Proceeding to a conclusion by reason or argument rather than intuition.|
|diffuse||Transmitted from a broad light source or reflected.|
A large diffuse organization.
|digressive||Of superficial relevance if any.|
A digressive account.
|elegant||Displaying effortless beauty and simplicity in movement or execution.|
An elegant comfortable house.
|eloquent||Expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively.|
The bus journey alone is eloquent of class inequality.
|excursive||Tending to depart from the main point or cover a wide range of subjects.|
His excursive remarks.
|expansive||Of behavior that is impressive and ambitious in scale or scope.|
Expansive domestic economic policies.
|flowing||(of a line or contour) smoothly continuous.|
The flowing curves of the lawn.
|fluent||Able to express oneself easily and articulately.|
She became fluent in French and German.
|fluid||Characteristic of a fluid capable of flowing and easily changing shape.|
The fluid political situation of the 1930s.
|lengthy||(especially in reference to time) of considerable or unusual length, especially so as to be tedious.|
A lengthy visit from her mother in law.
|long||Of a vowel categorized as long with regard to quality and length e g in standard British English the vowel u in food is long as distinct from the short vowel in good.|
In long supply.
|meandering||Proceeding in a convoluted or undirected fashion.|
|rambling||Spreading out in different directions.|
A rambling man.
|wandering||Having no fixed course.|
The river followed its wandering course.
Usage Examples of "Discursive" as an adjective
- The short story is concentrated, whereas the novel is discursive.
- Students often write dull, second-hand, discursive prose.
- The attempt to transform utterances from one discursive context to another.
- A rambling discursive book.
Associations of "Discursive" (30 Words)
|away||Out of the way especially away from one s thoughts.|
The wedding is only weeks away.
|backhanded||Having a meaning that is expressed indirectly or ambiguously.|
Attacks from that source amounted to a backhanded compliment to his integrity.
|circuitous||(of a route or journey) longer than the most direct way.|
The canal followed a circuitous route.
|circumlocutory||Roundabout and unnecessarily wordy.|
Had a preference for circumlocutious or circumlocutory rather than forthright expression.
|derail||Cause to run off the tracks.|
The trams had a tendency to derail on sharp corners.
|derailment||The obstruction of a process by diverting it from its intended course.|
An investigation into the derailment of a freight train.
|deviate||A person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior.|
Those who deviate from society s values.
|devious||Characterized by insincerity or deceit; evasive.|
He s as devious as a politician needs to be.
|digress||Leave the main subject temporarily in speech or writing.|
She always digresses when telling a story.
|digressive||(of e.g. speech and writing) tending to depart from the main point or cover a wide range of subjects.|
A digressive allusion to the day of the week.
|dislodge||Remove or force from a position of dwelling previously occupied.|
Government opponents failed to dislodge the Prime Minister.
|distract||Divert (attention) from something.|
I tried to distract myself by concentrating on Jane.
|excursive||Tending to deviate from a course or activity; digressive.|
His excursive remarks.
|extraction||The action of extracting something, especially using effort or force.|
|indirect||(of lighting) from a concealed source and diffusely reflected.|
Local government under the indirect control of the British.
|irrelevant||Having no bearing on or connection with the subject at issue.|
|meandering||Convoluted or undirected thought or language.|
In the course of his meanderings through the city.
The nomadic habits of the Bedouins.
|rambling||Spreading out in different directions or distributed irregularly.|
A rambling club.
|resonate||Evoke images, memories, and emotions.|
The sound of the siren resonated across the harbour.
|roam||Use a mobile phone on another operator’s network, typically while abroad.|
The gypsies roamed the woods.
|scrappy||Determined, argumentative, or pugnacious.|
A scrappy admiral.
|secondhand||By indirect means.|
A secondhand report.
|sidetrack||Cause (someone) to be distracted from an immediate or important issue.|
His monologue launches into too many rambling sidetracks.
|stray||A stray person or thing especially a domestic animal.|
The military arrested anyone who strayed into the exclusion zone.
|tangential||Of or relating to or acting along or in the direction of a tangent.|
A tangential line.
|tortuous||Full of twists and turns.|
His tortuous reasoning.
|wander||An act or instance of wandering.|
She d go on wanders like that in her nightgown.
|wandering||Travelling about without any clear destination.|
|winding||The act of winding or twisting.|
A winding country road.