: serving to prescribe <prescriptive rules of usage>
: acquired by, founded on, or determined by prescription or by long-standing custom
— pre·scrip·tive·ly adverb
Examples of PRESCRIPTIVE
- 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>
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