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[ nawr-muh-tiv ]


  1. of or relating to a norm, 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.

  3. reflecting the assumption of such a norm or favoring its establishment:

    a normative attitude.


/ 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

  3. of, relating to, or based on norms

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Derived Forms

  • ˈnormatively, adverb
  • ˈnormativeness, noun

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Other Words From

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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of normative1

First recorded in 1875–80; norm + -ative

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Example Sentences

It was a set of normative decisions about how vaccines should be prioritized, formalized in the language of an algorithm.

It’s a sign that decades of media invisibility for non hetero-and-cis-normative people and their experiences are at long last giving way to an era of increased visibility.

If the coronavirus continues to be as significant as it appears to be, we’re going to see health systems get overloaded and not be capable of responding to both the virus and normative health issues.

For five months, you did not have health services that were tending to people’s normative healthcare.

Any work that shakes up our heteronormative, cis-normative expectation as an audience to wake us up to politics of our given moment – and to me, the best drag does that – that’s what I’m really interested in.

Common sense is not a just a normative judgment about wisdom, but a structural feature of any functioning organization.

“We are crushing it on the normative front,” the ever-blunt Ambassador Power declared.

Where Spreadsheets tries to track existing trends, Kahnoodle is more normative.

As a result of violence being normative, sexuality here is also violent.

I finally said, “You know, HIV is transmittable by good old-fashioned, red-blooded, hetero-normative, married sex.”

Mathematics is often cited as an example of purely normative thinking dependent upon a priori canons and supra-empirical material.

Thus is answered the dispute whether logic is empirical or normative, psychological or regulative.

The structure of alleged normative a priori mathematics is in truth the crowned result of ages of toilsome experience.

They have both a eulogistic or normative sense, and a descriptive sense; a meaning de jure and a meaning de facto.

It is the purity of the value-forms imagined in philosophy that makes philosophy "normative."





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