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- (of speech or writing) Tending to digress from the main point; rambling.
- 1834, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Francesca Carrara, volume 1, page 185:
- This period had long since passed; the discursive reading, the enlightened discourse of her grandfather, had cast her mind in a different mould to the usual superstition of her country; but faith and love were only more pure and perfect in a soul too innocent not to be religious.
- (philosophy) Using reason and argument rather than intuition.
tending to digress from the main point; rambling
using reason and argument rather than intuition
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