Discursive vs Tangential - What's the difference?
As adjectives the difference between discursive and tangential
is that discursive
is (of speech or writing) tending to digress from the main point; rambling while tangential
is referring to a tangent, moving at a tangent to something.
(of speech or writing) Tending to digress from the main point; rambling.
(philosophy) Using reason and argument rather than intuition.
- This means, at times, long and perhaps overly discursive discussions of other taxa.
Referring to a tangent, moving at a tangent to something.
* 2002 , Edward Teller, Memoirs: A Twentieth Century Journey in Science and Politics , page 560
- The meteor came in on a tangential orbit and exploded about 8 or 10 miles above the earth's surface, just south of the Arctic Circle.
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Merely touching, positioned as a tangent.
* 1898 , Gary Nathan Calkins, Mitosis in ''Noctiluca miliaris'' and its bearing on the nuclear relations of the Protozoa and Metazoa , Ph.D. Thesis, page 3
Only indirectly related.
- The archoplasm divides and forms a very large spindle which first lies tangential to the surface of the nucleus.
- That subject is tangential to our discussion, and we cannot let it distract us.