nor·​ma·​tive | \ ˈnȯr-mə-tiv How to pronounce normative (audio) \

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

Other Words from normative

normatively adverb
normativeness noun
Thus the normativeness of truth is preserved, along with its transcendence of what is presently assertible … — Colin McGinn
normativity \ ˌnȯr-​mə-​ˈti-​və-​tē How to pronounce normative (audio) \ noun, plural normativities
In our world of shifting gender normativity and embrace of non-traditional expression, the beauty world is reaching out to men—both with products that fit into masculine grooming routines, and ones that break all barriers. — Samuel Hine … notes that speaking up about being abused or assaulted is an opportunity to challenge the normativity of sexual violence. — Leslie Sarinana

Examples of normative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Plevris added that Greece also plans to ban surgeries on intersex infants and babies born with atypical chromosomes that affect their reproductive anatomy in a way that does not fit with the normative definition of male or female. Reuters, NBC News, 12 May 2022 No one can credibly assert that student-debt forgiveness encourages financial responsibility or other normative behavior the way, say, the mortgage-interest deduction promotes homeownership. Richard J. Shinder, WSJ, 10 May 2022 Some though prefer to describe the listing as a global normative framework. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 Get past body positive, which has become a sort of meaningless catchphrase for the mainstream, to body normative for everyone. New York Times, 30 Mar. 2022 Despite her brassy assurance, Deep Water obeys the most normative rules its genre, with de Armas showing off more skin than any of her paramours. Darren Franich,, 16 Mar. 2022 All political ideas are normative, of course, and so this is not an especially distinguishing characteristic. Ian Beacock, The New Republic, 22 Feb. 2022 Diagnosing him as such assumes that sanity is the normative state of people with power. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 14 Mar. 2022 What hasn't really changed is the normative principle that interstate war should not happen. David Faris, The Week, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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15 May 2022

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“Normative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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