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

British Dictionary definitions for normatively


  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 normatively



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

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