Related formspre·scrip·tive·ly, adverbpre·scrip·tive·ness, nounnon·pre·scrip·tive, adjective
Examples from the Web for prescriptive
The fact that some prescriptive rules are valuable does not mean that every grammatical injunction should be obeyed.Go Ahead, End With a Preposition: Grammar Rules We All Can Live With|Nick Romeo|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was descriptive, prescriptive, and exemplary in its clarity.
Simmons knows she faces an uphill battle—but her goal this time around is to be prescriptive about the problem.
In spite of all this, long habit has secured to these pernicious customs a sort of prescriptive right.Apis Mellifica|C. W. Wolf
The men of the upper classes are not only exempt, but by prescriptive custom they are debarred, from all industrial occupations.The Theory of the Leisure Class|Thorstein Veblen
The corporation, which was prescriptive, was entitled the mayor, jurats and commonalty of Folkestone.
The most striking instance, however, is the acquisition of prescriptive rights.The Common Law|Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
The members of the corps had the prescriptive right of choosing the regiment to which they would be attached.