normative

adjective
nor·​ma·​tive | \ ˈnȯr-mə-tiv \

Definition of normative 

1 : of, relating to, or determining norms or standards normative tests
2 : conforming to or based on norms normative behavior normative judgments
3 : prescribing (see prescribe sense 1) norms normative rules of ethics normative grammar

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Other Words from normative

normatively adverb
normativeness noun

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White men are at the center, our normative citizen, despite being only around a third of the nation’s population. Katie Kosma, Longreads, "White Men On The Edge of a Nervous Breakdown," 5 July 2018 The pieces frequently addressed the pitfalls of mass production, railed against the environmental effects of consumerism, and challenged normative forms. Diana Budds, Curbed, "The most bizarre and brilliant projects from a Dutch design fair," 5 Nov. 2018 The irony is that citizenship helps drive integration — not the other way around Like many immigration arguments, the case for ending birthright citizenship is a normative argument wrapped in incorrect empirics. Dara Lind, Vox, "Birthright citizenship, explained: why some on the right want to end it, and what they get wrong," 23 July 2018 White men are at the center, our normative citizen, despite being only around a third of the nation’s population. Katie Kosma, Longreads, "White Men On The Edge of a Nervous Breakdown," 5 July 2018 White men are at the center, our normative citizen, despite being only around a third of the nation’s population. Katie Kosma, Longreads, "White Men On The Edge of a Nervous Breakdown," 5 July 2018 White men are at the center, our normative citizen, despite being only around a third of the nation’s population. Katie Kosma, Longreads, "White Men On The Edge of a Nervous Breakdown," 5 July 2018 White men are at the center, our normative citizen, despite being only around a third of the nation’s population. Katie Kosma, Longreads, "White Men On The Edge of a Nervous Breakdown," 5 July 2018 White men are at the center, our normative citizen, despite being only around a third of the nation’s population. Rebecca Traister, The Cut, "Summer of Rage," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of normative

1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for normative

French normatif, from norme norm, from Latin norma

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normative

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of normative

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

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