Origin of prescriptive
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- making or giving directions, rules, or injunctions
- sanctioned by long-standing usage or custom
- derived from or based upon legal prescriptiona prescriptive title
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1748, from Late Latin praescriptivus, from praescript-, past participle stem of praescribere (see prescription). Or formed in English from archaic prescript "a direction" (1530s), from Latin praescriptum.
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