descriptivist

[ dih-skrip-tuh-vist ]
/ dɪˈskrɪp tə vɪst /
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noun

a writer, teacher, or supporter of descriptive grammar or descriptive linguistics.

adjective

of, relating to, or based on descriptive grammar or descriptive linguistics.

Nearby words

  1. descriptive linguistics,
  2. descriptive metaphysics,
  3. descriptive notation,
  4. descriptive statistics,
  5. descriptivism,
  6. descriptor,
  7. descry,
  8. desdemona,
  9. desecrate,
  10. desecration

Origin of descriptivist

First recorded in 1950–55; descriptive + -ist

Related formsde·scrip·tiv·ism, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for descriptivism

descriptivism

/ (dɪˈskrɪptɪˌvɪzəm) /

noun

ethics the theory that moral utterances have a truth valueCompare prescriptivism, emotivism
Derived Formsdescriptivist, adjective

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