- of or relating to a norm, especially an assumed norm regarded as the standard of correctness in behavior, speech, writing, etc.
- tending or attempting to establish such a norm, especially by the prescription of rules: normative grammar.
- reflecting the assumption of such a norm or favoring its establishment: a normative attitude.
Origin of normative
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Examples from the Web for normative
Common sense is not a just a normative judgment about wisdom, but a structural feature of any functioning organization.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
“We are crushing it on the normative front,” the ever-blunt Ambassador Power declared.House of Cards Star’s Real Battle Against Rape
March 7, 2014
It is in thinking that the normative principles of thought emerge.
The normal is the original, and the original is the normative.Essays in Experimental Logic
So too it is in prayer that the normative principles of prayer emerge; yet men require teaching how to pray.
Thus even in Ethics there is now perceptible in some quarters a tendency to repudiate the normative standpoint.
And, if we go back to the Politics of Aristotle, we find the normative or regulative aim still more prominent.
- implying, creating, or prescribing a norm or standard, as in languagenormative grammar
- expressing value judgments or prescriptions as contrasted with stating factsnormative economics
- of, relating to, or based on norms
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Word Origin and History for normative
1880, perhaps from French normatif, from Latin norma "rule" (see normal).
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