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Yet this discursiveness is not so irrelevant to the handful of pages which follow.

Two other stories were used by the speaker, about the length and discursiveness of his talk.

The nature of my studies—and the pre kept me rigidly to the desk—offered little to the discursiveness of fancy.

His works are full of graceful and suggestive thought, but occasionally suffer from length and discursiveness.

With the vigilance of a ratting terrier he watches for discursiveness, and pounces upon the offender at once.

The poem's discursiveness and large number of derived elements suggest a hasty composition.

A fixed nomenclature is a beacon against repetition and discursiveness.

Sterne's sentiment and discursiveness found several feeble imitators.

There is no faltering, no hesitation, no discursiveness; the arrow flies swiftly and fatally to the mark.

In point of style and general method of treating subjects, De Quincey's greatest faults are pedantry and discursiveness.

WORD ORIGIN

1590s, from Middle French discursif, from Medieval Latin discursivus, from Latin discursus "a running about" (see discourse). Related: Discursively.

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