prescriptive

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adjective pre·scrip·tive \pri-ˈskrip-tiv\

Definition of prescriptive

  1. 1 :  serving to prescribe prescriptive rules of usage

  2. 2 :  acquired by, founded on, or determined by prescription or by long-standing custom

prescriptively

adverb

Examples of prescriptive in a Sentence

  1. Critics claim the new rules are too prescriptive.

  2. even in this age of e-mail the prescriptive response to a wedding gift is a handwritten thank-you note

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First Known Use of prescriptive

1663


PRESCRIPTIVE Defined for English Language Learners

prescriptive

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adjective

Definition of prescriptive for English Language Learners

  • : giving exact rules, directions, or instructions about how you should do something

  • : providing rules and opinions that tell people how language should be used


Law Dictionary

prescriptive

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adjective pre·scrip·tive \pri-ˈskrip-tiv\

Legal Definition of prescriptive

  1. 1 :  serving to prescribe prescriptive rules

  2. 2 :  acquired by, founded on, or constituting prescription a prescriptive right a longer prescriptive period



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