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  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.

Origin of normative

First recorded in 1875–80; norm + -ative
Related formsnor·ma·tive·ly, adverbnor·ma·tive·ness, nounun·nor·ma·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of normative

  • It is in thinking that the normative principles of thought emerge.

  • The normal is the original, and the original is the normative.

  • So too it is in prayer that the normative principles of prayer emerge; yet men require teaching how to pray.

  • And, if we go back to the Politics of Aristotle, we find the normative or regulative aim still more prominent.

    The Group Mind

    William McDougall

  • Thus even in Ethics there is now perceptible in some quarters a tendency to repudiate the normative standpoint.

    The Group Mind

    William McDougall

British Dictionary definitions for normative


  1. implying, creating, or prescribing a norm or standard, as in languagenormative grammar
  2. expressing value judgments or prescriptions as contrasted with stating factsnormative economics
  3. of, relating to, or based on norms
Derived Formsnormatively, adverbnormativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for normative

1880, perhaps from French normatif, from Latin norma "rule" (see normal).

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