prescriptive(redirected from prescriptiveness)
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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.
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.
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.
pre•scrip′tiv•ist, n., adj.
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|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"