prescriptive


pre·scrip·tive

adjective \pri-ˈskrip-tiv\

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

First Known Use of PRESCRIPTIVE

1748

Rhymes with PRESCRIPTIVE

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