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Discúrsive. adj. [discursif, French, from discurro, Latin.]

  1. Moving here and there; roving.

    Some noises help sleep; as the blowing of the wind, and the trickling of water: they move a gentle attention, and whatsoever moveth attention, without too much labour, stilleth the natural and discursive motion of the spirits. Bacon's N. Hist.

  2. Proceeding by regular gradation from premises to consequences; argumentative. This is sometimes, perhaps not improperly, written discursive.

    There is a sanctity of soul and body, of more efficacy for the receiving of divine truths, than the greatest pretences to discursive demonstration. More's Divine Dialogues.

    There hath been much dispute touching the knowledge of brutes, whether they have a kind of discursive faculty, which some call reason. Hale's Origin of Mankind.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Hale, Matthew (49) · More, Henry (28)

Attributes: Adjective (426) · French (385) · Latin (690)

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