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.

Origin of descriptivist

First recorded in 1950–55; descriptive + -ist
Related formsde·scrip·tiv·ism, noun
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descriptivism

/ (dɪˈskrɪptɪˌvɪzəm) /

noun

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

Derived Formsdescriptivist, adjective
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