[ nawr-muh-tiv ]
/ ˈnɔr mə tɪv /
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of or relating to a norm, especially an assumed norm regarded as the standard of correctness in behavior, speech, writing, etc.
tending or attempting to establish such a norm, especially by the prescription of rules: normative grammar.
reflecting the assumption of such a norm or favoring its establishment: a normative attitude.
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OTHER WORDS FROM normativenor·ma·tive·ly, adverbnor·ma·tive·ness, nounun·nor·ma·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for normative
/ (ˈnɔːmətɪv) /
implying, creating, or prescribing a norm or standard, as in languagenormative grammar
expressing value judgments or prescriptions as contrasted with stating factsnormative economics
of, relating to, or based on norms
Derived forms of normativenormatively, adverbnormativeness, noun
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