Definition of prescriptive
- prescriptive rules of usage
Critics claim the new rules are too prescriptive.
even in this age of e-mail the prescriptive response to a wedding gift is a handwritten thank-you note
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: giving exact rules, directions, or instructions about how you should do something
: providing rules and opinions that tell people how language should be used
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