- In a discursive manner.
- 1848, Edgar Allan Poe, Eureka: A Prose Poem, New York: Putnam, p. 103, 
- If then I seem to step somewhat too discursively from point to point of my topic, let me suggest that I do so in the hope of thus the better keeping unbroken that chain of graduated impression by which alone the intellect of Man can expect to encompass the grandeurs of which I speak, and, in their majestic totality, to comprehend them.
- 1934, George Orwell, Burmese Days, Chapter 8, 
- There were certain things […] that pricked him to talk discursively and incautiously; but now he realized that he had only been talking like a character in a novel, and not a very good novel.
- 1962, George Steiner, "Homer and the Scholars" in Language and Silence: Essays on Language, Literature, and the Inhuman, New York: Atheneum, 1986, p. 176,
- We are dealing in the Iliad with a commanding vision of man, articulate in every detail, not with a tale of adventure automatically or discursively carried forward.
- 1978, Edward Said, Orientalism, New York: Vintage, 2003, Chapter 2, part II, p. 148,
- In that realm, which was discursively constructed and called the Orient, certain kinds of assertions could be made, all of them possessing the same powerful generality and cultural validity.
- 1848, Edgar Allan Poe, Eureka: A Prose Poem, New York: Putnam, p. 103,