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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.

pre·scrip′tive·ly adv.
pre·scrip′tive·ness n.
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Available in 2020, SIMPAS is a delivery system that will allow growers to prescriptively apply multiple products in one pass.
Voters have to internalize a sense of possession over their politics, and this sentiment of ownership and obligation grows organically, not prescriptively.
The discussion culminates with a close look at the pragmatics of the word "programme," which Schumann used less prescriptively and literally than might be expected.
It offers seamless activity monitoring, connection to primary care and emergency veterinary services, medical records and medication reminders, regional/local pet service providers and tailor-matched products to prescriptively and proactively help pet parents monitor and manage their pet's unique needs.
Secondly, framing a film in a national way shapes the reception prescriptively rather than descriptively.
Russell (a recognized expert in the fields of public international law and international development), "The Human Right to Water: Theory, Practice and Prospects" explores this rise descriptively and prescriptively.
"The judge has wrongly and prescriptively directed the jury that they should look for disorders because disorders are what is an abnormality of mind," he added.
(NYSE: RHT), the world's provider of open source solutions, has announced the general availability of Red Hat OpenShift Application Runtimes, enabling organizations to accelerate cloud-native app development with a curated set of frameworks and runtimes for prescriptively building and running microservices-based applications, the company said.
Rather than prescriptively limiting the choices, such an ethical analysis clarifies existing choices made and the consequences thereof, even if it does not open up previously-neglected choices.
As authors of experience, researchers must proceed with great caution when striving to investigate specific instructional practices, or ways of being a teacher, with goals to prescriptively improve opportunities for others.
Another analogous example is how certain economists now prescriptively argue against the "buy local" movement (Lusk and Norwood 2011; Desrochers and Shimzu 2012).
The 2015 IECC requires that walls built "prescriptively" framed with 2x4 framing must have a minimum of R-13 cavity insulation coupled with a minimum of R-10 exterior continuous insulation (R-13 + R-10).