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de·scrip·tiv·ism

 (dĭ-skrĭp′tə-vĭz′əm)
n.
The practice or application of descriptive linguistics, especially in the analysis of grammar.

de·scrip′tiv·ist adj. & n.
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descriptivism

(dɪˈskrɪptɪˌvɪzəm)
n
(Philosophy) ethics the theory that moral utterances have a truth value. Compare prescriptivism, emotivism
deˈscriptiˌvist adj
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Noun1.descriptivism - (ethics) a doctrine holding that moral statements have a truth value
doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought - a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
moral philosophy, ethics - the philosophical study of moral values and rules
2.descriptivism - (linguistics) a doctrine supporting or promoting descriptive linguistics
doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought - a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
linguistics - the scientific study of language
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Translations
descritivismo

descriptivism

[dɪsˈkrɪptɪvɪzəm] Ndescriptivismo m
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descriptivism

n (Ling, Philos) → Deskriptivismus m
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"All lovers of correct grammar" includes many sects the descriptivists and the prescriptivists, the poets and prose writers and I'll never please everyone.
It is true that this argument applies more generally also in the nonnormative contexts and so we might think that Putnam's argument does not pose a special problem for the non-naturalists who are global descriptivists. However, for the sake of what will follow below, it is useful to introduce the problem here.
Acocella (2012) accused descriptivists of self-righteousness, while Bryson (1987, p.
At this time the battle between the prescriptivists and descriptivists was joined.
the nature of law are positivists (or descriptivists) about the methods
The books of descriptivists have their place as chronicles of language as it is actually used.
Haecceitism is a tool for securing a reference for singular referring terms across possible worlds (haecceitism expresses a view on identity of individuals that is the very opposite of that taken by descriptivists).
He goes on here to outline the familiar battle lines between "Prescriptivists," who think there are correct uses of language, and "Descriptivists," who believe we should simply accept the evolution of language as it emerges.
The enemies for Simon are the descriptivists, those content to describe language as it actually is used.
(In case you don't know the usage-fascist lingo, prescriptivists want the line held on the rules of English; descriptivists insist that we should let the language evolve, even if that means the word irregardless becomes accepted usage.)
Bloomfield, whose fame rests on comparatively few books and who never formed a "school," was still the reference point for American descriptivists; Fought carefully interprets the major concepts of his thinking in word formation and semantics, and his effect on descriptivism after 1933, mainly in phonology and morphology (pp.