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pre·scrip·tive

 (prĭ-skrĭp′tĭv)
adj.
1.
a. Relating to or making rules, laws, or directions: prescriptive pronouncements.
b. Linguistics Based on or establishing norms or rules indicating how a language should or should not be used rather than describing the ways in which a language is used.
2. Law Of or relating to acquisition or occupancy by prescription.
3. Archaic Sanctioned or authorized by long-standing custom or usage.

pre·scrip′tive·ly adv.
pre·scrip′tive·ness n.

prescriptive

(prɪˈskrɪptɪv)
adj
1. making or giving directions, rules, or injunctions
2. sanctioned by long-standing usage or custom
3. (Law) derived from or based upon legal prescription: a prescriptive title.
preˈscriptively adv
preˈscriptiveness n

pre•scrip•tive

(prɪˈskrɪp tɪv)

adj.
1. that prescribes; giving directions or injunctions.
2. based on or arising from long-standing usage or custom.
3. concerned with or involving the establishment of norms of correct and incorrect language usage or rules based on these norms; normative: prescriptive grammar.
4. depending on or arising from effective legal prescription, as a right or title established by a long unchallenged tenure.
[1740–50]
pre•scrip′tive•ly, adv.
pre•scrip′tive•ness, n.
pre•scrip′tiv•ism, n.
pre•scrip′tiv•ist, n., adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.prescriptive - pertaining to giving directives or rules; "prescriptive grammar is concerned with norms of or rules for correct usage"
grammar - the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics)
descriptive - describing the structure of a language; "descriptive grammar"

prescriptive

adjective dictatorial, rigid, authoritarian, legislating, dogmatic, didactic, preceptive prescriptive attitudes to language on the part of teachers
Translations

prescriptive

[prɪˈskrɪptɪv] ADJ (Jur) [title] → legal; (= sanctioned by custom) → sancionado por la costumbre (Gram) → normativo

prescriptive

[prɪˈskrɪptɪv] adjnormatif/ivepre-season preseason [ˌpriːˈsiːzən] modif [training, tournament, match, game, competition] → de présaison

prescriptive

adjnormativ; to be prescriptiveVorschriften machen

prescriptive

[prɪˈskrɪptɪv] adjnormativo/a
References in classic literature ?
If anyone can claim a prescriptive right of interest in the Moonstone, and in everything connected with it, I think it is hardly to be denied that I am the man.
He had established such a long prescriptive right to this deportment (his son's inheritance from his mother) that I several times knew both Caddy and her husband to be melted to tears by these affectionate self-sacrifices.
The lines and tufts of green moss, here and there, seemed pledges of familiarity and sisterhood with Nature; as if this human dwelling-place, being of such old date, had established its prescriptive title among primeval oaks and whatever other objects, by virtue of their long continuance, have acquired a gracious right to be.
Even if any brain in Raveloe had put the said two facts together, I doubt whether a combination so injurious to the prescriptive respectability of a family with a mural monument and venerable tankards, would not have been suppressed as of unsound tendency.
He seemed to be, if not a lodger, at least a familiar visitor of the house, who might be supposed to have his regular score at the bar, his summer seat at the open window, and his prescriptive corner at the winter's fireside.
It had such a prescriptive, stiff-necked, long-established, solemn, elderly air.
They were the productions of different minds and of adverse passions; one, ascending for the foundation of human government to the laws of nature and of God, written upon the heart of man; the other, resting upon the basis of human institutions, and prescriptive law, and colonial charter.
Nay, more, I insisted at once on my prescriptive right and on his patriotic obligation in the matter.
But in all vessels this broom business is the prescriptive province of the boys, if boys there be aboard.
I held him in great awe, and appeared more timid and sensitive in his presence than at other times; a circumstance which, perhaps, helped to confirm him in the intention to educate me on a different plan from the prescriptive one with which he had complied in the case of my elder brother, already a tall youth at Eton.
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