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 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 The machine also is able to compare a patient's movements to normative movements, aiding doctors in figuring out a treatment plan. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Kids make strides using new technology at Norton Healthcare," 7 June 2018 The second is more normative, and that is upholding the non-use of chemical weapons. Israel Kasnett, Jewish Journal, "As situation heats up in Syria, will Iran again target Israel?," 24 Apr. 2018 During a speech this past weekend in Lima, Pence displayed what some may consider to be the compassionate conservatism that the last Republican president attempted to make more normative among the GOP. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "Pence’s tone toward refugees may be softer than Trump’s but that’s where the difference ends," 16 Apr. 2018 Embedded within Islam are a set of normative practices, and those practices matter. Omar Suleiman, CNN, "Why 80% of American Muslims fast during Ramadan. (It's not about the food.)," 10 May 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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The first known use of normative was in 1852

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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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