[ UK /da‍ɪɡɹˈɛsɪv/ ]
  1. of superficial relevance if any
    a tangential remark
    a digressive allusion to the day of the week
  2. (of e.g. speech and writing) tending to depart from the main point or cover a wide range of subjects
    his excursive remarks
    a rambling discursive book
    amusingly digressive with satirical thrusts at women's fashions among other things
    a rambling speech about this and that
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How To Use digressive In A Sentence

  • It appears to be a specially successful job considering the verbosity and digressiveness of the novel of this writer who, though often brilliant, writes in a highly disorderly way.
  • In a word, my work is digressive, and it is progressive too, - and at the same time.
  • When he's off, he's digressive, roundabout; his stump speeches sit there; his zingers don't zing.
  • These detours add depth to the narrative, but the sheer volume of digressive material becomes a distraction, and Ms. Stanton struggles to identify a clear thematic, intellectual or narrative arc in Mr. Avery's activities. A Never-Ending Treasure Hunt
  • The discussion is digressive and overly credulous of literary and semi-historical sources, while scanting archeology. My Proposal for the Nirthers
  • His work has the telegraphic simplicity of aboriginal craft and generic morphologies, rather than the more digressive and particularized qualities of realistically mimetic images.
  • We write, therefore, with correspondent carelessness or digressiveness, upon incidents that, in passing, have merely amused us — quite prepared to find that they are not so amusing (at second-hand) to others. Fun-jottings, or, Laughs I have taken a pen to
  • Yet even discounting the frequent abstractness and digressiveness of his writing style, he remains a somewhat elusive thinker.
  • amusingly digressive with satirical thrusts at women's fashions among other things
  • Last but not least, the" digressive style"which separated from principal plot, adjusts the narrative rhythm and adds appeal to the language.
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