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From Latin dēsultōrius (“hasty, casual, superficial”), from dēsultōr (“a circus rider who jumped from one galloping horse to another”), from dēsiliō (“jump down”), from dē (“down”) + saliō (“jump, leap”).
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈdɛs.əl.t(ə).ɹi/, /ˈdɛz.əl.t(ə).ɹi/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈdɛs.əlˌtɔɹ.i/, /ˈdɛz.əlˌtɔɹ.i/
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- Jumping, or passing, from one thing or subject to another, without order, planning, or rational connection; lacking logical sequence.
- 2005, Tony Judt, “The Coming of the Cold War”, in Postwar: A history of Europe since 1945, London: Vintage Books, published 2010, →ISBN:
- The Benelux Customs Union came into effect on January 1st 1948, and there followed desultory conversations between the Benelux countries, France and Italy over projects to extend such cooperation across a larger space.
- He wandered round, cleaning up in a desultory way.
- I teach a class of desultory minds.
- Out of course; by the way; not connected with the subject.
- I made a desultory remark while I was talking to my friend.
- She made a desultory attempt at conversation.
- Disappointing in performance or progress.
- (obsolete) Leaping, skipping or flitting about, generally in a random or unsteady manner.
jumping, or passing, from one thing or subject to another, without order or rational connection
out of course; by the way; not connected with the subject