descriptivist

[dih-skrip-tuh-vist]
adjective
  1. 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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Examples from the Web for descriptivism

Contemporary Examples of descriptivism

  • And descriptivism may be the last refuge of the linguistic conservative after the former mistake has become the current rule.

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British Dictionary definitions for descriptivism

descriptivism

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