I was reading something on parental mediation of children's videogame play when I first came across the word discursive:
We explain how restrictive, co-use, and active mediation are constituted by gatekeeping, discursive, diversionary, and investigative activities.
All of these are well explained later in the article. For example:
Discursive activities are dialogues that enable parents and children to share perspectives on various aspects of videogames, where parents air concerns while inculcating values and proffering advice on managing the negative aspects of videogames.
But I couldn't wait until the writer explained what discursive meant, so I peaked through multiple dictionaries only to know the word has two interesting, somewhat unrelated, meanings:
1.(of speech or writing) Tending to digress from the main point; rambling.
2.(philosophy) Using reason and argument rather than intuition.
Those seemed to me very unrelated so I went on further to vocabulary.com And here I quote:
If people accuse you of rambling from topic to topic in your speech or writing, they may say you have a discursive style — with changes in subject that are hard to follow. But it's okay because unicorns are shiny. The adjective discursive is often used to describe speech or writing that tends to stray from the main point, but the word can also have almost the opposite meaning. Discursive can also be used to describe an argument based on reason instead of intuition: "Her discursive dissertation on Colonial American women was well-argued and well-reasoned. Her professors were most impressed with her work."
This confirmed the idea that there's something unusal about this word being used for two opposite meanings. I don't know how the two meanings developed or what justifies the word being used this way.