Definition of discursive in English:

discursive

Line breaks: dis|cur¦sive
Pronunciation: /dɪsˈkəːsɪv
 
/

adjective

1Digressing from subject to subject: students often write dull, second-hand, discursive prose
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
1.1(Of a style of speech or writing) fluent and expansive: the short story is concentrated, whereas the novel is discursive
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
fluent, flowing, fluid, eloquent, articulate, elegant, expansive
2Relating to discourse or modes of discourse: the attempt to transform utterances from one discursive context to another
More example sentences
  • 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.
3 Philosophy, archaic Proceeding by argument or reasoning rather than by intuition.
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

late 16th century: from medieval Latin discursivus, from Latin discurs-, literally 'gone hastily to and fro', from the verb discurrere (see discourse).

Derivatives

discursively

adverb
More 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.

discursiveness

noun
More 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.

More definitions of discursive

Definition of discursive in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day semblance
Pronunciation: ˈsɛmbləns
noun
the outward appearance or apparent form of something…