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This is in the spirit of the What is a Word/Phrase™ series started by JLee with a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles.

If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a Cursive Word™.

Use the following examples below to find the rule.

Examples of a Cursive Word

And, if you want to analyze, here is a CSV version:

Cursive Words™,Not Cursive Words™
BILLIONS,TRILLIONS
CIRCUMCISION,VASECTOMY
LOLLIPOPS,SUCKERS
MICROSCOPIC,MACROSCOPIC
PLUG,OUTLET
POISONOUS,VENOMOUS
RUNNING,SPRINTING
SUBDIVISION,NEIGHBORHOOD
SUSPICIOUS,TRUSTING
SWIMMING,FLOATING
UNCOMPROMISING,FLEXIBLE
UNCONSCIOUS,ALERT
VOODOO,MAGIC
WINDMILL,PROPELLOR
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    $\begingroup$ The cursive words lack the letters AEFHJKQTXYZ, of which I think AEFHT are significant. I'd like to say that cursive words are those that can be written in a single stroke in cursive, with two-stroke letters like TFX being obstacles, but it's not matching up with my US-trained writing and online examples. For example, I'd write MAGIC in caps in a single stroke. Can I check that this isn't the right thing with you just writing differently than I do? $\endgroup$
    – xnor
    Oct 8 '15 at 18:50
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    $\begingroup$ @xnor Cursive Words™ are font-dependent and so the examples shown apply exactly as written. The name should not be taken so literally. $\endgroup$ Oct 8 '15 at 19:16
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A Cursive Word is a word which, in that font...

...only needs one stroke per letter to be written. That is, no letters have more than 2 intersections with an odd number of paths coming from them ("intersections" includes endpoints)

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  • $\begingroup$ I think it's more accurate to say that a cursive word can be written entirely in one stroke in cursive. $\endgroup$
    – user88
    Aug 29 '16 at 16:16
  • $\begingroup$ @JoeZ.: That's incorrect. Many Cursive Words contain the letter "i", which cannot be written in one stroke. $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    Aug 29 '16 at 16:17
  • $\begingroup$ You're right, I totally didn't notice there were "i"s in the cursive words. >_> $\endgroup$
    – user88
    Aug 29 '16 at 23:40

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