prescriptivist

[ pri-skrip-tuh-vist ]
/ prɪˈskrɪp tə vɪst /

noun

a writer, teacher, or supporter of prescriptive grammar.

adjective

of, relating to, or based on prescriptive grammar.

Nearby words

  1. prescriptible,
  2. prescription,
  3. prescriptive,
  4. prescriptive grammar,
  5. prescriptivism,
  6. prescutum,
  7. preseason,
  8. preselect,
  9. preselection,
  10. preselector

Origin of prescriptivist

First recorded in 1950–55; prescriptive + -ist

Related formspre·scrip·tiv·ism, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for prescriptivism

prescriptivism

/ (prɪˈskrɪptɪˌvɪzəm) /

noun

ethics the theory that moral utterances have no truth value but prescribe attitudes to others and express the conviction of the speakerCompare descriptivism, emotivism
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