One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Of the nature of or characterized by discourse or dialogue; conversational; (sometimes) specifically characterized by frequent or excessive digression; digressive, rambling. In later use also: of or relating to discourse.
2Disposed or ready to discourse or converse; talkative; communicative; (sometimes also) verbose, prolix.
Late 16th century (in an earlier sense). From discourse + -ive.
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