Discursion

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Discursion The act of discoursing or reasoning; range, as from thought to thought.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n discursion A running or rambling about.
    • n discursion Rambling or desultory talk; expatiation.
    • n discursion The act of discoursing or reasoning.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Discursion desultory talk: act of reasoning
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. discursio, a running different ways. See Discourse
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See Discourse.

Usage

In literature:

To our taste the story is too discursive and long-winded.
"Maxim Gorki" by Hans Ostwald
With one such illustration we conclude this discursive fragment.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 451" by Various
Observations so discursive as these can hardly be finished; they must break off abruptly, or else go on forever.
"Birds in the Bush" by Bradford Torrey
Don Alonso waved discursively a bit of sausage held between bread by tips of long grey fingers.
"Rosinante to the Road Again" by John Dos Passos
Lorimer babbled on discursively.
"The Dominant Strain" by Anna Chapin Ray
God loves better the affectionate language of the heart, than, the cold and discursive thoughts of the intellect.
"Letters of Madam Guyon" by P. L. Upham
The discursive novel gives a more extensive, and the compacted novel a more intensive, view of life.
"A Manual of the Art of Fiction" by Clayton Hamilton
He is always a man of intuitions rather than of discursive intellect; often keen of vision, though wanting in analytical power.
"Hours in a Library" by Leslie Stephen
It was not a discursive thinking about Mary but a definite fixed direction of thought towards her.
"The Passionate Friends" by Herbert George Wells
Otherwise it would become so discursive that one could not possibly follow it.
"Music: An Art and a Language" by Walter Raymond Spalding
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In news:

Privacy is a topic that tends to inspire discursive essays rather than philosophical treatises.
This is Diane Johnson's first novel for eight years, and it has a sort of discursive and amiable quality which is somewhat new in her work.
'I Wish' a discursive child's wonderland.
Powerhouse performances make this another rewarding production for fans of August Wilson, but the writer's discursive tendencies might frustrate others.
Those of us who attempt to talk about racial bias encounter a few common discursive strategies that are meant to discredit our perspectives.
That's assuming you can roll with Weekend 's rambling, discursive structure and hyper-naturalistic, occasionally indecipherable dialogue.
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In science:

The exposition is mainly discursive, with conceptual, interpretational and philosophical matters emphasized throughout, while their formal technical-mathematical underpinnings have been left to the original papers.
`Iconoclastic', Categorical Quantum Gravity
The Hayashi monograph (H) is less discursive and more formal than BZ, and directed more for graduate students than undergraduates.
Book Review: "Geometry of Quantum States" by Ingemar Bengtsson and Karol Zyczkowski (Cambridge University Press, 2006)
The meditation gives access to an a priori domain for which no discursive concepts are available to the Ego.
Luhmann's Communication-Theoretical Specification of the 'Genomena' of Husserl's Phenomenology
Indeed, once out of their contexts, discursive forms are considerably decreasing summary’s coherence.
Improving Update Summarization by Revisiting the MMR Criterion
Discursive form rewriting: ambiguous discursive forms are deleted.
Improving Update Summarization by Revisiting the MMR Criterion
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