Definition of discursive in English:
- Because of this, associative ‘correspondences’ between discursive subjects and incongruent temporal episodes, no matter how unclear, are made possible.
- She is best when her discursive, rambling method strikes something eccentrically sharp and moving; not often in complete poems, though the sustained Lullaby here is a fine exception.
- Even more commonly the function is a discursive and indecisive meander through various fields of learning for its own sake.
- His memoir, in a translation that preserves the author's gorgeous, discursive style and his love of wordplay, is a social history embedded within an autobiography.
- The style is discursive, not doctrinal; persuasive, not proclamatory.
- The chapter is thus neatly brought full circle and sets the pattern of the book's discursive style, weaving the threads of memory into the present.
- I slip from the intra-discursive level to the inter-discursive level and begin critiquing the performative discursive mode in which the other person is speaking.
- Although we must be careful with the term postmodern, it would certainly make sense to see the above features in terms of hegemonic strategies, discursive formations, modes of regulation and regimes of accumulation.
- In other words, even though some individuals seemed conflicted, or torn between two incompatible discourses, their discursive practices were not found to be neutral.
- Like Socrates, Russell saw philosophy as spoken and conversational, rather than written and discursive.
- Place may be an immediate, pre-conceptual experience, and its knowledge then is intuitive rather than discursive.
- This assumption of a given unacquired intuitive and revelatory source of true judgments transcending discursive reason is both a logical and an empirical imperative.
- Example sentences
- ‘I speak elliptically, discursively,’ she admits, babbling about an obsolete guidebook to Kabul, Afghanistan, which she holds on her lap.
- Different identities, different traces, of the subject although each, paradoxically, determining a bounded whole which co-exists discursively without conflict.
- By ‘localised state of exception’ I mean organised around a particular social problem and discursively constructed around a necessarily problematic figure, such as the hoon.
- Example sentences
- A bumpy discursiveness was always his method's mark, even his forte, but here it shows excessive wobble.
- Both in its structure and topography, this half of the book privileges delay, wandering, discursiveness, and ultimately suspense through a proliferation of places.
- We experience the possibility of living a life in which we aren't continuously bombarded by emotions, discursiveness and concepts about the nature of things.
Late 16th century: from medieval Latin discursivus, from Latin discurs-, literally 'gone hastily to and fro', from the verb discurrere (see discourse).
cursor from Middle English:
Nowadays we call the movable indicator on our computer screen the cursor. In medieval English a cursor was a running messenger: it is a borrowing of the Latin word for ‘a runner’, and comes from currere ‘to run’. From the late 16th century cursor became the term for a sliding part of a slide rule or other instrument, marked with a line for pinpointing the position on a scale that you want, the forerunner of the computing sense. Currere is the source of very many English words including course (Middle English) something you run along; concourse (Late Middle English) originally a crowd who had ‘run together’; current (Middle English) originally meaning ‘running, flowing’; discursive (late 16th century) running away from the point; excursion (late 16th century) running out to see things; intercourse (Late Middle English) originally an exchange running between people; and precursor (Late Middle English) one who goes before; as well as supplying the cur part of concur (Late Middle English); incur (Late Middle English); occur (Late Middle English) (from ob- ‘against’); and recur (Middle English).
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