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 For example, product-makers intentionally use pink or purple materials or infuse packaging, with sweet or flowery scents to appease gender-normative marketing strategies. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 28 July 2022 Too often, also, housing cost burden, the amount of money a household is pays over the normative 30% of monthly income ends up becoming the number of units needed in a community. Roger Valdez, Forbes, 6 July 2022 One of the requisites of effective satire is that there has to be a kind of normative baseline from which things go awry. Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune, 29 June 2022 The right wants to assert control over an array of non-normative sexualities, family units, and ways of being in the world. Keeanga-yamahtta Taylor, The New Yorker, 6 July 2022 Two types of conformity are especially prevalent in the workplace: informational and normative. Womensmedia, Forbes, 2 June 2022 There was always a normative element, in a way, to the post-1990 German-Russia relationship that rested on the assumption of peace and economic independence. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 20 May 2022 Their attraction passionately disrupts notions of race, gender, class, physical ability, and normative culture, elevating to true love that surpasses difference. Selome Hailu, Variety, 19 May 2022 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 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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“Normative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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