Definitions for prescriptiveprɪˈskrɪp tɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pre•scrip•tiveprɪˈskrɪp tɪv(adj.)

  1. that prescribes; giving directions or injunctions.

  2. based on or arising from long-standing usage or custom.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. concerned with or involving the establishment of norms of correct and incorrect language usage or rules based on these norms; normative:

    prescriptive grammar.

    Category: Language/Linguistics, Grammar

  4. depending on or arising from effective legal prescription, as a right or title established by a long unchallenged tenure.

Origin of prescriptive:

1740–50

pre•scrip′tiv•ist(n.; adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. prescriptive, normative(adj)

    pertaining to giving directives or rules

    "prescriptive grammar is concerned with norms of or rules for correct usage"

Wiktionary

  1. prescriptive(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to prescribing or enjoining, especially an action or behavior based on a norm or standard.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prescriptive(adj)

    consisting in, or acquired by, immemorial or long-continued use and enjoyment; as, a prescriptive right of title; pleading the continuance and authority of long custom

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