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

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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 This approach has radical and necessary value for Black writers and writers from other communities for whom the normative patterns of literary representation fail to account for their lived experience. New York Times, 3 June 2021 Some feel alienated from the normative roles of wife and mother. Washington Post, 27 May 2021 Let the middle form normative effects to influence the naysayers. David Rock, Forbes, 6 May 2021 Nevertheless, there seemingly exists room for compromise, and normative — rather than ideological — progress. Isaac Schorr, National Review, 27 Apr. 2021 Positivism coupled with data determinism created this data and attention economy where predicting individuals’ behaviors based on a narrow, normative and essentialist understanding of their identity, preferences and past has become the product. Hessie Jones, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2021 Such perspectives can create new normals that are less, well, normative. Kristin Girten, The Conversation, 8 Apr. 2021 These were feverish vision boards of hetero-normative matrimony, sultry brides in egg-white gowns and elaborate jewels posing in cavernous spaces. Lauren Goode, Wired, 6 Apr. 2021 Americans deserve relief from the stress of grades, standardized testing, and normative rules of school behavior. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, 1 Apr. 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of normative

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

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