adjective Date: circa 1611 characterized by digressions <
a digressive talk
digressively adverbdigressiveness noun

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  • Digressive — Di*gress ive, a. [Cf. F. digressif.] Departing from the main subject; partaking of the nature of digression. Johnson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • digressive — index alien (unrelated), circuitous, desultory, disparate, indirect, labyrinthine, shifting, tangential …   Law dictionary

  • digressive — [di gres′iv, dīgres′iv] adj. digressing or given to digression digressively adv. digressiveness n …   English World dictionary

  • digressive — adjective 1. of superficial relevance if any a digressive allusion to the day of the week a tangential remark • Syn: ↑tangential • Similar to: ↑irrelevant 2. (of e.g. speech and writing) tending to depart from the main point or cover a wide range …   Useful english dictionary

  • digressive — digress ► VERB ▪ leave the main subject temporarily in speech or writing. DERIVATIVES digression noun digressive adjective. ORIGIN Latin digredi step away …   English terms dictionary

  • digressive — digressively, adv. digressiveness, n. /di gres iv, duy /, adj. tending to digress; departing from the main subject. [1605 15; < L digressivus. See DIGRESS, IVE] * * * …   Universalium

  • digressive — adjective Marked by digression; rambling See Also: digress, digression …   Wiktionary

  • digressive — Synonyms and related words: O shaped, aberrant, aberrative, aimless, ambagious, backhand, backhanded, by the way, circuitous, circular, deflectional, departing, desultory, deviant, deviating, deviative, deviatory, devious, discursive,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • digressive — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Marked by or given to digression: discursive, excursive, parenthetic, parenthetical, rambling, tangential. See APPROACH …   English dictionary for students

  • digressive — di gres·sive || sɪv adj. tending to stray or wander, tending to deviate from the main point (in writing or speaking) …   English contemporary dictionary

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