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prescriptive

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adjective pre·scrip·tive \pri-ˈskrip-tiv\

Simple Definition of prescriptive

  • : giving exact rules, directions, or instructions about how you should do something

  • : providing rules and opinions that tell people how language should be used

Full Definition of prescriptive

  1. 1 :  serving to prescribe <prescriptive rules of usage>

  2. 2 :  acquired by, founded on, or determined by prescription or by long-standing custom

pre·scrip·tive·ly adverb

Examples of prescriptive

  1. Critics claim the new rules are too prescriptive.

  2. <even in this age of e-mail the prescriptive response to a wedding gift is a handwritten thank-you note>



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