1751, from Late Latin descriptivus , from descript- , past participle stem of describere (see description ). Related: Descriptively ; descriptiveness .
Seems connects the subject, a three-mile run , with additional information, that it's more arduous depending on the day and time.
Ilkka Niiniluoto has used the terms "descriptive sciences" and "design sciences" as an updated version of the distinction between basic and applied science . According to Niiniluoto, descriptive sciences are those that seek to describe reality, while design sciences seek useful knowledge for human activities. 
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