Definition of digressive in English:

digressive

adjective

  • Characterized by digression; tending to depart from the subject.

    ‘a digressive account’
    • ‘When he's off, he's digressive, roundabout; his stump speeches sit there; his zingers don't zing.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the result is a digressive book of little practical political use to those able to respond tangibly to famine.’
    • ‘But the way typical narratives are set up, there's no room for philosophy, because it's just digressive material.’
    • ‘What good prose needs, and all too often lacks, is the syntactic dislocation, the rhythmical shifts that only these digressive devices can offer.’
    • ‘Right now he's sitting on my living room couch, taking a haul off a cigarette after a digressive second attempt at explaining what inspired him to do a show about old people, the upcoming Golden Age.’
    • ‘However, their more spacey and digressive numbers too often recall a basement-jam band.’
    • ‘The moment one begins to unpack the box though, to explain the simplest text, where it comes from, where it goes, one begins to see the parenthetic and digressive manner of imbrication of text and context.’
    • ‘His characters live untidy lives and often fall into digressive daydreams, so troubled are their souls.’
    • ‘They point to hand-lettered reminiscences in the margins about his digressive rediscovery of the country, which took him from washing dishes in a Sydney hotel to membership of an Aboriginal community near Darwin.’
    • ‘There's a whole digressive thread just in that, I think.’
    • ‘Then again, that's a polemical way of describing a work that is essentially digressive in nature, elusive in meaning and more entertaining than it has any right to be.’
    • ‘It is a digressive process that leaks out intimations of personality and establishes a position for the portrait where it does not remain static but finds a more dialogic approach to psychological portraiture.’
    • ‘As film-making, this final monologue feels slightly clumsy, didactic, even digressive; it certainly dulls the film's effectiveness as satire.’
    • ‘In a word, my work is digressive, and it is progressive too, - and at the same time.’
    • ‘You could end up in a frame of mind, a digressive meditation on the dislocation of people or cultures, or you could end up in prison.’
    • ‘In his strange digressive and allusive biography of Christ he presents him as the incarnation of the overwhelming mystery of God.’
    • ‘The above track is marked by a compelling series of track-long drum rolls and fills and a frugal bassline, and is abetted by digressive but nifty keys and fulgent chimes.’
    • ‘The narratives vary, however, in the degree to which they are linear and in the extent to which they are digressive or resolved, and in the way events are organised according to the rules of psychological and causal motivation.’
    • ‘Not surprisingly, the result is often uneven and digressive.’
    • ‘Each was a long, highly literary, digressive, and polemical account of the failure of the colonists to make good their British patrimony.’
    wordy, loquacious, garrulous, talkative, voluble, orotund, expansive, babbling, blathering, prattling, prating, jabbering, gushing, effusive
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Pronunciation

digressive

/dʌɪˈɡrɛsɪv/