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
Examples of prescriptive in a sentence
Critics claim the new rules are too prescriptive.
<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
Rhymes with prescriptive
ascriptive, descriptive, inscriptive, proscriptive
Legal Definition of prescriptive
1 : serving to prescribe <prescriptive rules>
2 : acquired by, founded on, or constituting prescription <a prescriptive right> <a longer prescriptive period>
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