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 normativity (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

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The idea here is that when individuals show leadership through their actions, social norms shift—a superficial analysis that ignores completely the role of technology or material conditions in driving normative change. Aaron Timms, The New Republic, "The Sameness of Cass Sunstein," 20 June 2019 In 1992, the triangulating Democratic Party nominee Bill Clinton was not anxious to mention the health crisis afflicting gay men in America, or anyone outside the hetero-normative. Chris Jones,, "A fun party, but 'Ms. Blakk for President' at Steppenwolf needs a dose of Chicago truth," 4 June 2019 In actuality, there may be no words that can replace the mathematical structures without carrying some normative baggage. Peter Byrne, Quanta Magazine, "Debating the Evolution of Multicellularity," 25 Sep. 2013 Right now, my sons don’t have a gender normative framework yet. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "20 Quotes About Raising Boys From Parents and Caregivers Going Through It," 30 Apr. 2019 We’ve been taught to picture the thin, white, able-bodied, gender-normative people most often depicted as the height of health and fitness, in pop culture and advertising. Robyn Warren, SELF, "This Is Why I Create Wellness Communities for Geeks," 17 Dec. 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 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

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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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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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