desultory
[ des-uhl-tawr-ee ]
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Part of Speech adjective
Origin + Etymology
late 16th century; from Latin desultorius "superficial" (literally "relating to a vaulter, skipping about"), from desultor "vaulter," from the verb desilire
Synonyms
    1.
  • haphazard chaotic tangential
    2.
  • aimless unmethodical without purpose
Antonyms
    1.
  • systematic organized
    2.
  • focused
Definition
1. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random
2. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful
Examples
1. A) Once we get onto a desultory tangent, we forget the main point of the conversation, and then we never get back to it. B) Please refrain from desultory conversations until the end of the lecture.
2. A) After graduating she became increasingly desultory, only managing to watch TV and order takeout. B) I think the low morale explains why the employees have been so desultory in their projects lately.
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