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The support or promotion of prescriptive grammar.

pre·scrip′tiv·ist adj. & n.
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1. (Linguistics) someone who advocates prescriptivism
2. (Philosophy) someone who advocates prescriptivism
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that we may criticize only individuals' particular decisions, not the overall results of many individuals' decisions, seems like idiosyncratic preference--in other words, prescriptivist, even rationalistic.
That is why we have emotivist, prescriptivist, and other non-cognitivist theories of ethics.
Bob, from a prescriptivist's point of view, is absolutely correct.
Foot announces herself to be "quite seriously, likening the basis of moral evaluation to that of the evaluation of behaviour in animals." (60) She takes the resistance to this idea to come from the hold of emotivist or prescriptivist ways of thinking.
As a result of the global prescriptivist mindset, many people are all-too-familiar with the following sentence: "Look, we know your English is excellent, but these are the formal requirements, you need to take this test, otherwise you won't be able to study here, work here," et al.
This prescriptivist approach isn't new or unique to the DILG.
This being said, Wallace's subtle understanding of the political issues essential to the very topic of linguistic prescription demonstrates that it is possible to be a prescriptivist without being prejudiced.
So, being a prescriptivist, I say no apostrophes in plurals dammit.
For Guerra, the traditional emphases on standardization (beyond just prescriptivist grammar policing, but also of pedagogies, program structures, best practices, etc.) not only reinforces inequities in the classroom, it also limits opportunities to expand how we come to understand what it means to be literate in an increasingly diverse world.
Yet Chambers (following Collier's lead) set an oddly prescriptivist tone in his contribution to this descriptivist project.