Definitions for prescriptiveprɪˈskrɪp tɪv

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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"


  1. Prescriptive(a.)

    Of or pertaining to the doctrine that acceptable grammatical rules should be prescribed by authority, rather than be determined by common usage.

  2. Origin: [L. praescriptivus of a demurrer or legal exception.]


  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

  2. Origin: [L. praescriptivus of a demurrer or legal exception.]

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