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normative

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adjective nor·ma·tive \ˈnȯr-mə-tiv\

Simple Definition of normative

  • : based on what is considered to be the usual or correct way of doing something

Full Definition of normative

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or determining norms or standards <normative tests>

  2. 2 :  conforming to or based on norms <normative behavior> <normative judgments>

  3. 3 :  prescribing norms <normative rules of ethics> <normative grammar>

nor·ma·tive·ly adverb
nor·ma·tive·ness noun

Origin of normative

French normatif, from norme norm, from Latin norma


First Known Use: 1878

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