[ nawr-muh-tiv ]
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  1. of or relating to anorm, especially an assumed norm regarded as the standard of correctness in behavior, speech, writing, etc.

  2. tending or attempting to establish such a norm, especially by the prescription of rules: normative grammar.

  1. reflecting the assumption of such a norm or favoring its establishment: a normative attitude.

Origin of normative

First recorded in 1875–80; norm + -ative

Other words from normative

  • non-nor·ma·tive, adjective
  • nor·ma·tive·ly, adverb
  • nor·ma·tive·ness, noun
  • un·nor·ma·tive, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for normative


/ (ˈnɔːmətɪv) /

  1. implying, creating, or prescribing a norm or standard, as in language: normative grammar

  2. expressing value judgments or prescriptions as contrasted with stating facts: normative economics

  1. of, relating to, or based on norms

Derived forms of normative

  • normatively, adverb
  • normativeness, noun

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